Album Skeletons With Flesh on Them: The Fish Don’t Mind
posted by January 22 at 15:21 PMon
Since Oink went away Iíve hardly been downloading anything at all. A lot of that may have to do with the fact that very few albums come out this time of year, and nobody tours so Iím not seeing many new bands live. Needing some new tunes, I decided to pillage the bins of CDs in the Stranger office for some new material. There are a plethora of albums scattered around the office; so many of which I have never heard of, so many which look like they will absolutely suck. I rummaged through the bins looking for local bands - the only way I could judge any of these albums possible worth was by their album artwork. So, note to local bands: if you want idiots at newspapers to listen to your music, make it look pretty. I picked out a handful of new bands and listened to the first of them last night.
Skeletons With Flesh on Them was a refreshing start to my music blind dates. While listening to their EP The Fish Donít Mind I was reminded of the following bands: Cherry Peel era Of Montreal, old Piebald (if Travis could sing in key), the theme song from Cheers, Pinkerton era Weezer, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. I was overjoyed to hear a band that was using my favorite aspects of jangly 90s indie pop rock, and using them well without feeling dated. Skeletons do a great job keeping their pop catchy and warmhearted without being cheesy, which is no easy task.
The only song on the EP I couldnít really get down with was their ballad ďEverybody is Our Savior.Ē The guitars and vocals leave behind earlier pop sensibilities and adopt a more traditional folk edge, and the lyrics turn to addressing the woes of the world. Although itís not a particularly bad song, all of a sudden Iím not having fun anymore, and I hate that.
In all though The Fish Donít Mind is a strong release from these local dudes. I donít know if theyíve got any play on KEXP yet, but their sound seems to fit right in the pocket of local rock that station seems to go nuts for. They play on Feb. 29th at the Comet.