Friday, April 20, 2012

SBSR: Art Institute “Second Audio Demon”

Recently, I’ve been downloading and listening to music like crazy from Band Camp.   This is a review of a group of songs by the same band I got from Band Camp- usually it constitutes an EP.   This is a song-by-song review and it is never to exceed six songs.   At the end, I will tell you the “Recommended Downloading Level”, which means whether or not I think you should spend your time downloading these songs.   It’s on a scale from 1 to 5, 5 meaning that you should stop reading my review and download these songs immediately and 1 meaning that if you even think about downloading these songs your computer will be infected with a horrific bad music virus.   Enjoy.
Art Institute “Second Audio Demon”
01: “The New Math” [3:35] -- It takes a little while for this song to kick in, but we finally have this slower guitar and bass line going on here.   And here come some vocals which are almost spoken in monotone. 
02: “Lord Jim” [3:41] -- Why is there so much lag in between tracks?   We start with a British punk/rock n roll opening guitar riff here.   It’s going into starts and stops while the somewhat fuzzy vocals come through.  It’s kind of like Five Eight only harder to listen to without wanting to turn it off.
03: “Twenty Six Hundred” [2:44] -- This is a slower song, a bit of a climbing riff to open that sounds like Lou Reed or Billy Idol in the accompanying vocals.   We kick in for the somewhat distorted guitar chords, and then go back to how it was before.  It’s not bad switching back and forth.
04: “The New Colour of Mourning” [3:24] -- The aliens have landed.   And they have gotten Billy Idol.
05:  “Red Grant” [4:00] -- A much faster song here with somewhat of British vocals.   It’s almost like the Sex Pistols learned how to play their instruments.   It’s not quite full on punk, but it could be indie punk or art punk.   Is art punk a thing?
                Either you like Art Institute or you don’t.   Based on this and my other review of them, I am not their biggest fan.   Who knows, they could have dramatically changed for the better by now.   I know that there are a lot worse bands out there as well.   But this just isn’t doing it for me.  It falls flat and feels more boring to me when it’s supposed to be energetic.
Recommended Downloading Level:  2/5

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