DAILY RECORDS: Coliseum, Broken Water, & Grown Ups

by | Jun 30, 2010 | MUSIC

ColiseumHouse With A Curse (Temporary Residence)
A surprising new direction for Coliseum, who’ve replaced the raw, dirty hardcore we’ve come to expect from them with a more ambient, progressive sound reminiscent of Mastodon or fellow Louisvillians Young Widows. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good, but I’m somewhat disappointed that it’s so far from what I expected.

Broken WaterWhet (Night People Records)
Slowed-down, fuzzed-out indie rock reminiscent of Polvo, Jesus And Mary Chain, and early Sonic Youth. The songs are angular and repetitive, with sparse instrumentation and male-female vocals. As hazy psyched-out indie-drone goes, it’s decent. But others have done this before, and done it better.

Grown UpsMore Songs (Big Scary Monsters)
Like Algernon Cadwallader, Grown Ups use the sound of mid-90s emo trendsetters Cap’n Jazz as a foundation for their own. But where Cadwallader emphasized the mathier elements of Cap’n Jazz’s sound, Grown Ups go for a pop-punkier take. The result is entertaining enough, but fades from memory quickly.

ColiseumHouse With A Curse (Temporary Residence)
A surprising new direction for Coliseum, who’ve replaced the raw, dirty hardcore we’ve come to expect from them with a more ambient, progressive sound reminiscent of Mastodon or fellow Louisvillians Young Widows. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good, but I’m somewhat disappointed that it’s so far from what I expected.

Broken WaterWhet (Night People Records)
Slowed-down, fuzzed-out indie rock reminiscent of Polvo, Jesus And Mary Chain, and early Sonic Youth. The songs are angular and repetitive, with sparse instrumentation and male-female vocals. As hazy psyched-out indie-drone goes, it’s decent. But others have done this before, and done it better.

Grown UpsMore Songs (Big Scary Monsters)
Like Algernon Cadwallader, Grown Ups use the sound of mid-90s emo trendsetters Cap’n Jazz as a foundation for their own. But where Cadwallader emphasized the mathier elements of Cap’n Jazz’s sound, Grown Ups go for a pop-punkier take. The result is entertaining enough, but fades from memory quickly.

R. Anthony Harris

R. Anthony Harris

I created Richmond, Virginia’s culture publication RVA Magazine and brought the first Richmond Mural Project to town. Designed the first brand for the Richmond’s First Fridays Artwalk and promoted the citywide “RVA” brand before the city adopted it as the official moniker. I threw a bunch of parties. Printed a lot of magazines. Met so many fantastic people in the process. Professional work: www.majormajor.me




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