Thursday, June 4, 2009

These Hermits Have Thrush

Hermit Thrushes are a strange, ambitious power that only the east coast could have birthed. Cryptic lyrics in English and Greek sit comfortably over top angular guitar parts, melodic bass lines and fine-tuned drumming. Standard rock instruments are supplemented by melodic couplings on trumpet, spare glockenspiel lines, noisy organ chords and drums filled with metal.

The band's second album and first for Joyful Noise, entitled Slight Fountain, streamlines the band's chaotic sound into a cohesive batch of songs - successfully balancing their naive bedroom lo-fi with disjointed arrangements, noisy multi-instrumental blasts, and nasty pitch-shifts.

As for "Snowflake Heart," and "Push," which you can download below, They're like the indie rock soundtrack to a Fractured Fairytale. They're jumpy, skittish, sound broken, and encapsulate enough non-playing ala Pavement to last a lifetime. As songs they really shouldn't work, but their lazy and melodic nature just sounds dandy. The Hermit Thrushes are fun stuff.

For those of you up north there are a bunch of tour dates...
06.04.09 - Castle Gay - Philadelphia, PA
06.14.09 - Iwaa Bina - Philadelphia, PA
06.20.09 - Castle Gay - Philadelphia, PA
06.26.09 - Bunk Space - Cincinnati, OH
06.27.09 - Garfield Artworks - Pittsburgh, PA
07.19.09 - Pilot Light - Knoxville, TN
07.21.09 - JJ's Bohemia - Chanttanooga, TN
07.22.09 - Buccaneer - Memphis, TN
08.26.09 - LEMP - St. Louis, MO

Download: Snowflake Heart
Download: Push

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