Music

Radical Dads: Mega Rama

Clap your hands say meh. Tepid outing from Brooklyn trio.


Radical Dads

Mega Rama

Label: UM
US Release Date: 2011-07-12
UK Release Date: 2011-07-12
Amazon
iTunes

Brooklyn-based Radical Dads is a three-piece consisting of guitarists Chris Diken and Lindsay Bakes, who also sings, and drummer/singer Robbie Guertin of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. You'd expect a fuzz-heavy, distortion-laden outing from this crew, and you'd be right, yet the band's sound is oddly flat. For all that the guitars are fuzzed-out, they are also oddly tame, with no real crunch or sonic heft. "Little Tomb" kicks off the proceedings with a tinny jingle that more or less defines the trio's sound, and few if any of the subsequent songs ever achieve much more force. Lo-fi vocals are the order of the day, whether on first single "Recklessness" or slower outings like "No New Faces". The band does rev it up a bit for a few songs, notably "Alondra Rainbow Under Attack" and the mini-epic "Hurricane", but for the most part this is a strangely tepid outing of forgettable two- or three-minute songs.

4

How Avey Tare Made a Whole Album Out of Necessity

The songs on Avey Tare's Cows on Hourglass Pond emerged from a need for material for a live show, but you wouldn't assume that when sucked in by their soothing, intricate surrealism. Tare speaks about his creative process, the technical forces driving the record, and where he's at lyrically.

Music

Swiss Grooves: An Interview with L'Eclair

L'Eclair's third album effortlessly touches on funk, prog, dub, disco, ambient, and electronic genres, warming the chilled precision of Krautrock with danceable rhythms. Bass player Elie Ghersinu observes, "It just keeps on evolving every day, every month."

Music
Pop Ten
Mixed Media
PM Picks

© 1999-2018 Popmatters.com. All rights reserved.
Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated.