Monday, May 11, 2015

Cassette Review: Azores "Azores" (Funny/Not Funny Records)

[$5 // Edition of 100 //]

The sound of Azores is a tricky one to describe.   It's two parts of different genres of bands, but yet it never really has the same percentage ratio of each of those genres.   The two main genres the music channels is that "alt country rock" and some form of "indie rock".   But you can't say it's 60% of one and 40% of the other or some other defined percentage because it seems to change not only on a song by song basis but sometimes even during the course of one of these five songs.

What I consider to be on the "indie rock" side of this cassette comes from influences such as Phantom Planet, "That Thing You Do!", Damn Personals, Local H, Pavement, Eve 6, Bob Mould, Spoon, Weezer/"Mallrats" and even a little bit of a faster paced Creedence Clearwater Revival song, which yes, I realize is closer to classic rock but you just have to think of this as more of that more generalized rock n roll/melodic rock type of portion of what goes into these songs.

On the other hand, there are those elemnents of country that made bands like Limbeck and Halfacre Gunroom famous, but since you may have never heard of them I will say that this does have a distinctive Lucero sound to it as well (Keep in mind I stopped listening to Lucero after "Nobody's Darlings")   What could be considered country by me is just what gives these songs that grit, those anthems of the working class blues.

At one point- and I still stand by this- I thought of this as being a sort of country version of The Killers and while that might not be the most accurate way to describe it, you just have to imagine that energy, those melodies and send them to something else with that twang.   Does "country Killers" work on a broad level?  Sure.   But then again, most tags work on a broad level and when you start listening to the music you just hear so much more.   So come along with me and listen to this EP from Azores so you can find that something more.

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