Review: Venice Is Sinking/What We Do Is Secret – S/T

Jangly guitars and cooed female vocals lead the way in this five-song split between a pair of Georgia-based quintets. Venice Is Sinking tries to rise above the tide of like-minded guitar-driven pop outfits with swelling, vaguely Celtic strings and an oddly menacing instrumental, but the best track may belong to What We Do Is Secret. On “Like Crashing Jets All Around Me,” the Atlanta group unfurls a clunky exercise in tension-and-release dynamics whose pairing of breathy lyrics and churning, interwoven guitars is pulled straight from Rodan’s Rusty. – Punk Planet, July/August 2006

About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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