Review: The Unintended – S/T

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Sept. 24, 2004 The name under which Rick White, Dallas and Travis Good, Sean Dean, Mike Belitsky and Greg Keelor chose to collaborate and record certainly provides a laundry list of thematic possibilities for critics looking for a good, juicy hook. To be blunt, though, after listening to the…

Review: Various Artists – Asaurus Records EP Club #2

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy June 14, 2004 While the roots surely run deeper, the indie compilation craze reached its peak, in my mind, with a flood of releases by predominantly Pacific Northwestern labels in the early- to mid-1990s. There are the K collections, which encouraged many micro-indies to jumpstart labels with decidedly lo-fi…

Review: Via Audio – S/T

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Sept. 7, 2004 Even without paying much mind to the self-titled nature of the release, it’s pretty obvious that Via Audio’s recent six-song offering on kill.normal is the debut of a band with radio rotation in its sights. The recording is insanely clean, focused, and deliberate, with even the…

Review: Vice Transmission – S/T

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Aug. 18, 2003 Nine times out of 10, the free CDs you get handed by random persons while in the crowds of a live show aren’t very good. The majority are clunky lo-fi affairs sounding like they were captured haphazardly on makeshift dictation tape recorders, all of the spirit…

Review: We Are Childhood Equals – Hearts Ache For Home

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy May 3, 2004 There’s this moment at the end of “Hearts Ache for Home,” the title track of the recent We Are Childhood Equals EP, where a jumbled mix of guitar squalor, distortion, and hand-claps gives way to the sound of a girl – or maybe it’s two girls,…

Review: The Vanities – EP For The Lord

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Sept. 24, 2004 The Vanities peel open the stage curtain of EP for the Lord with more of a declaration of intent than you might initially expect or even realize. After a bluesy introductory progression of bent, palm-muted notes on an electric guitar, the bass and drums get in…

Review: The Snow Fairies – Feel You Up

Originally published in Delusions of Adeqyact Sept. 8, 2003 Boys and girls, don’t be fooled by the title of The Snow Fairies’ full-length debut. This is not a frisky affair. It’s the soundtrack that two bright-eyed lovers sing to themselves as they run through green fields filled with sunflowers and poppies, the sunshine reflecting off…