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Album Review: Boxed Wine – Cheap, Fun EP

Seems I haven’t posted on here for a ‘bit.’ I’ve been a tad busy with the real world, but I figured if I liked something enough, then I should probably write about it.

Boxed Wine just put out their second EP last week, as a preview of an album that should be out in the Spring. They describe themselves as ‘indie party pop,’ and this looks to be just that. In a time when so many bands are afraid of the term ‘pop’ on account of it sounding mainstream, the band bats a blind eye and throws their cards in. The results are exactly what one would expect; catchy, simple songs about having a good time.

The first track is “Bones,” and has a bit of a rockier sound than the other two, and might remind fans of their first EP. Still, it’s sonically bigger than what they’ve done before and is more along the lines of Young the Giant than Two Door Cinema Club.

“Boomerang” is next, and that’s where they find a pop groove that could legitimately get people dancing. If you don’t get the damn title stuck in your head, there may just be something wrong with you, with the band coming off a bit like the child of Hot Hot Heat and MGMT. Weird, I know.

It’s on the last track, “Dayglow,” where they start to really stray from their formula. It’s still poppy, but the dance element sticks through more than anything else. The beat sounds like a Pitbull b-side more than an indie rock band from New Jersey, but somehow Boxed Wine makes it work. This might be where they’re going with their sound, but all three tracks could point to a possible direction change.

Overall, the band gets to the point, and maybe that’s what we really need in 2013?  With the indie scene how it is, it’s kind of refreshing to hear a band honestly describe themselves and not come off as pretentious. Hopefully this EP doesn’t have the best songs from their album, but being how different their songs have been up until now, I don’t even know what to expect. All I know is that it might be cool, and will definitely be fun.

Aside

I think this dance p(h)unk [I should trademark that term] track from UK-based Mr Tom might perfectly soundtrack your Tuesday.  They have a Two Door Cinema Club meets the Rapture thing going on.  Very cool indeed.  

Tokyo Police Club @ Terminal 5 1/21/2011

Tokyo Police Club played Terminal 5 and I was there.  SPOILER ALERT: they rocked!  But first, the opening and co-headlining bands…

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin was up first, and their set went along exactly like I expected it to.  They played a few songs from their new album mixed in with their most popular tracks from their first two.  They ended with what’s probably their best song, “Pangea,” and everybody enjoyed it.  Yet honestly, I don’t think the band is cut out for bigger venues.  That’s completely based on the style of their music though, as they don’t really have any rocking anthems to sway a large audience.  Their brand of folk rock would definitely be better suited for a club, and that’s really a good thing.  A more intimate setting would let the band come across more consistently than a live stage would ever let them.

Two Door Cinema Club is an interesting beast and I find myself split on how to write about them.  They played a great show, but I honestly didn’t like it that much.  Their sound was impeccable, yet I found that all of their songs really blended into one.  I’m going to chalk this up to the fact that I don’t like everything this band does.  The electronic feel they give their music doesn’t always do it for me, and they came across as more of a dance act than the rock band that’s often featured on last year’s debut album.  My favorites by them live were the same as my favorites on the album, especially “Eat That Up, It’s Good For You.”

I think my ultimate feeling toward TDCC is this: a lot of their songs have this, for lack of a better word, “unreal” fealing to them.  Not that they aren’t good and entertaining, but that their songs sometimes lack what I would call a soul.  The album, as well as the live show, felt very produced, and I can sense this weird lack of heart in the band.  I felt the same way about Oberhofer the night before.  Sure, the band is consistent, efficient, and (by all intents and purposes) good, but I always feel there is something missing.  Ith Oberhofer, it is a lack of genuine song writing.  With Two Door Cinema Club, it is not so much that as it is a lack of feeling.  They have the hooks to keep you entertained, but the delivery always falls flat.  This is the opposite of Tokyo Police Club.

Dave Monks writes the songs of Tokyo Police Club, and his sentiments are all over every note the band plays.  They are a direct translation of his feelings, and the band does and did a great job of getting those across to the listener on Friday night.  Ultimately, the songs are simpler than TDCC’s, and any of them could be translated to just Monks and a guitar and have the same effect.  He sings from the heart, and even when he is completely off-key (semi often), it has no effect on his spirit and clear passion for music.  That’s why I would be bold enough to say that Tokyo Police Club will be around for a long time if they choose so.  If not, Monks will probably be doing something musical no matter what.

In terms of performance, the vocals were more powerful than I thought they would be, and Dave sung well throughout the performance.  They played a ton of songs, and they were all played perfectly.  My biggest gripe is that the sound man must have spent more time on TDCC than TPC, because the mix was pretty terrible.  The guitar was far too low for the entire set, and I’m surprised that nobody did anything about it.  That fact didn’t matter that much anyway, because people were too busy singing along to the clever lyrics and fun melodies than they were focusing on the sound.  TDCC might bring the beat, but Tokyo Police Club bring the soul of a true band.

Capping off the night was an amazing performance of the Strokes’ “Last Nite”, with all three bands coming out for the encore.  I was ecstatic, obviously, but in the end it really goes to show you something.  The cover was probably the defining moment of the night, and no song by any band there could match up to the love fest the crowd gave to a version of New York’s favorite band’s classic hit.  Now tell me that doesn’t say something about lasting appeal, I dare you…

That’s it for now.  As a gift for reading, check out these songs…

Two Door Cinema Club – Eat That Up, It’s Good for You

Tokyo Police Club – Wait Up (Boots of Danger)

Monthly Extras: November 2010

So I could do a normal post today, or I could shae some sweet links with you.  These links are to all the best stuff people have been gracious enough to send me after starting this site.  It doesn’t all fit with what I usually write about, so I figured why not just do a big post and knock it out of the way, leaving the contributors slightly satisfied and me respectful of their goals…

Satellite Stories are cool as beans and sound like Phoenix and Two Door Cinema Club.  Oh, and they’re from Finland!

left sounds like the Tallest Man on Earth, but more normal and open to playing with other people.  That and just quality folk rock, plus they’re from Israel!  They have a video too!

The OK Corral are very much about their song “Gasoline,” and so am I.  It sounds like The Gaslight Anthem without the Boss’ influence.

Casa Castile is something I thought I’d hate, but I stuck it out and I’m really glad I did.  He’s Andrew Nabuco and he makes dreamy electronic acoustic pop songs in Nashville, Tennesee.  Very cool indeed.  I’ll probably do a full post on him actually.  Here’s a song for ya!

Casa Castile – Lights, Flashes

As for the other part of the post, please stop sending me remixes instead of actual music.  I don’t want to hear you rapping over a Cure sample recorded on Garageband and uploaded to Youtube.  I JUST DON’T!!! Sorry.

But please send me anything that is as superbly awesome as my new favorite mashup artist, Leilos!

BLOWING UP: Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club is a band from Ireland Wales somewhere in Europe, and they play some solid indie rock that’s littered with electronic elements.  Try to figure out how that sounds on your own… Or better yet, just listen to the band down below…

Putting classifications on their music can sometimes be difficult though, as their songs tend to bend toward whatever whim they’re following at the moment.  I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t like their debut album, Tourist History, that much upon first listen.  Forcing myself to hear it a few more times made all the difference though, and I can now say with confidence that I like this band

The factor that made all the difference to me was the order of songs on the album.  I’ll say time and time again that track listing is crucial to a band making any sort of impact in today’s music scene.  Going by my own rule (how hoity-toity!), I think the track listing on Tourist History is a bit misleading to the listener.  The first few songs all have more of an electronic vibe to them, and being that the singles thus far have been closer to guitar rock, it makes for a confusing first listen.  Not only this, but I believe the best songs on the album to be the last four.  I’m not sure that this isn’t just me, so form your own opinion and I’ll just be a helpful guide…

When all is said and done though, TDCC is going to get much bigger.  Their songs are all incredibly catchy and beg to be sung along to.  The clever lyrics do wonders to aid fans in this task, and now the band has started to cross over into the US after conquering their homeland.  I wouldn’t be surprised to find a few car commercials soundtracked by “Eat That Up, It’s Good For You” or “Undercover Martyn” in the near future.  Look for the band playing this week during CMJ and on tour throughout the US afterwards.  They put out a solid album and deserve your attention…

Two Door Cinema Club – Eat That Up, It’s Good for You

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