[5 January 2011]
PopMatters Associate Music Editor
On first listen, you might dismiss Durham, North Carolina’s Wild Wild Geese as some sort of GBV acolytes, and it won’t help that the start of “Stuck Inside” sounds a lot like “I Am a Scientist”, but don’t do that. Hang with this record, just for a little bit, because what you’ll notice is that “Stuck Inside”—and every other song here—hits the two-minute mark and keeps going with no sign of stopping. Each of this album’s nine songs could be solid as quick bursts of power-pop, but founding members Rob Ruin and John Jaquiss (once of another unpredictable and great Chapel Hill band, Spider Bags) aren’t satisfied with that. They take all the buzzsaw energy of garage rock and mid-90s power-pop and blow it up into gristly and jarring expanses of rock music. You’ll get so lost in the churn of guitars and tight riffs of “Art and War” you won’t notice it’s six minutes long. Same goes for its slightly cleaned-up cousin “Ain’t Dead Yet”. The band’s ability to expand without losing tension is a difficult trick to pull off, but they seem to do it effortlessly. Wild Wild Geese both align themselves with the glut of lo(wer)-fi rock acts flooding the market now, and also call peers out for a lack of vision. If you’re tired of rock songs that quit after a couple minutes, that do just enough to get by, Sorry, Earth is the antidote you need.