Friday, May 9, 2014

CASSETTE REVIEW: Spectral Fangs “Memory Girl EP” (Obscure Me Records)

            Even though this cassette is a six song EP from Spectral Fangs, I find myself to be taken back by it.   With some modern hints of rock, Spectral Fangs bang out a lot of that sound that isn’t quite grunge but rather closer to something like The Replacements.   And though they may sound like The Replacements on certain levels, they do have other aspects to their music that just makes me like them that much more.

            For one thing, they have a factor that doesn’t quite make them Belle & Sebastian per se, or any other specific band from the soundtrack, but at least one of these songs could possibly have been included on the “Juno” soundtrack, which is one of my all-time favorite soundtracks.

            The melodies also bring out something between Phantom Planet and The Get Up Kids (Their only album that matters to me is “Walking on a Wire”, so it’s in reference to that), but that is maybe only about 15% of the overall sound I’d say.   Just as there are also some bits of Stone Temple Pilots (the lighter side of their second album) and also leans towards classic rock.

            Spectral Fangs kick things up a bit on the song “20”, which brings out the sounds of a band such as Silversun Pickups.   Essentially, this band has a great way of rocking and whether it be closer related to a band that put out music two months ago or ten years ago, it just flat out rocks and if you don’t like it then you are not my friend.  

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