Fury Things / Brilliant Beast Split EP – Release Show – 2/25 Turfclub

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Whether you want to call it shoegaze or fuzz pop, Fury Things and Brilliant Beast bring you a nice wall of sound. Fury Things staying more on the indie rock vibe and Brilliant Beast being a little more out there. These two are a perfect fit for a Split EP, each bringing their distinct personalities as bands. Similar but different, which is a great combination.

Fury Things / Brilliant Beast Split EP – Release Show
Fury Things, Brilliant Beast and Catbath.
Wednesday, February 25th – 8pm – $5
Turf Club, St Paul MN.

Fury Things
Brilliant Beast
Catbath

The Persian Leaps – “Praise Elephants”

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

With a name like the Persian Leaps, I expected something exotic, a sound that would require me to buy armloads of incense to set the listening mood. Not so! The band describes themselves as a noise pop band from St. Paul, Minn., and you know what? That’s exactly what they are.

The Persian Leaps is Drew Forsberg (vocals, guitars), Brad Hendrickson (bass, guitars, vocals) and Mike McCloskey (drums, vocals), and their debut EP “Praise Elephants” features five hyper-catchy tunes that whiz by in less than 30 minutes.

“Praise Elephants” is a nod to 80s post-punk. “Hard Feelings” starts things off on the right foot with pristine and clear harmonizing, brimming with influences by The Smiths and Morrissey. Each of the songs are short and snappy, with some sharp edges (Hard feelings on parade / Took their lemons – choked on the lemonade) and endings.

Next is “Not That Brave” and what follows is my favorite track on the album, “Silent Treatment.” It’s damn catchy and after hearing it just once, it’ll burrow into your subconscious and take root, its melody coming back to you when you least expect it. The EP is rounded out by “Exponentially Devoted” and “Sleepless.”

The Persian Leaps is a group with potential you can’t ignore. Check them out.

http://thepersianleaps.com/

“Where Do You Want” – Brilliant Beast

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

“Where Do You Want” is the latest album by Brilliant Beast. In a nutshell, the album is seven solid tracks of shoegaze with distortion, featuring two lead vocalists – a guy and a girl, brother and sister to be more exact, who each bring their own unique style and still create a very cohesive sound.

Brilliant Beast is Jordan Porter (vocals, guitar), Hannah Porter (vocals, guitar, violin), Mark Kartarik (bass) and Eric Whalen (drums).

“A Child On Fire” opens the album with Jordan on vocals. I was quickly struck by the infectious and unforgettable hooks. And while I enjoyed each of the tracks on the album, “Nepotism Shakes” is my favorite with its shimmery guitars in combination with Hannah’s vocals, where she sounds much like Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell.  “Someone Else Did” closes the album with a hint of rock and a pretty sweet bass line.

The band lists My Bloody Valentine, Stone Roses, Sonic Youth, Pavement – even the The Buzzcocks and The Clash – as influences. I hear a little bit of Oasis in the mix as well.

“Where Do You Want” is simply a great record, but check it out for yourself and you’ll hear what I mean – it might just be the perfect addition to your music collection.

Brilliant Beast’s “Where Do You Want” is brilliant and anything but beastly.

https://www.facebook.com/brilliantbeast

Brilliant Beast’s release show for “Where Do You Want” is Friday, November 8, at Cause in Minneapolis, along with Crimes, Fury Things and Bad Bad Hats.
http://spiritsandsound.com/cause/

The Silver Heart Club – “Rookie Card”

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

The Silver Heart Club is the brainchild of Wisconsinites Bo Weber and Steven Price; they formed the band in 2006 with no musical background, just a love of music.

In the next two years, the duo taught themselves how to play guitar, piano and other supporting instruments. After that, they tackled the basics of audio engineering, and self-engineered and self-produced their first full-length album, “Rookie Card.”

The songs reminded me of late 90s alt rock and many have a Blink 182 vibe about them. The album is a very solid first effort, but I won’t give them an A for that effort because the vocals in “Four Minute Mile” have been electronicified and I personally don’t like affected vocals – it’s a cop-out. From what I heard, Bo and Steven have good singing voices and don’t need to resort to using it.

The Silver Heart Club has potential, but it’s not quiet tapped. All the songs are listenable, but no one song stood out. The music may not be groundbreaking, but it could be a very good summer album.

http://www.thesilverheartclub.com/