Tuesday, July 14, 2009

REVIEW: Ganglians - Ganglians

6.75 out of 10

Sacramento's Ganglians are a "breezy island" sounding Lo-Fi band whose gatherings are sporadic but terrific when they pull it off. Sometimes they record as one, sometimes as four, it's different every other time. It seems to be happening more these days though with the release of their second album "Monster Hear Room" and the re-release of this, their debut album and yes, that's a good thing.

Every song on Ganglians debut album is a mess, but it's the kind of mess you used to live in/create when you were still a teenager living at home with tha 'rents depressed over nothing and acting more dramatic than you probably should. In a way it's a reminder of where we came from. The format of each song is different on nearly every other track, the production sounds like dad's in the other room pressing record when you say go, the vocals reminiscent of young man learning his place on earth, the inquisitive Casio keyboard sounds are gratifying, and all of the other "guitar rock" sounds play off of each other quite nicely reminding you of a tight knit family. Basically Ganglians are Experimental/Obnoxious Indie Punk-Rockers with questionable, but fun production qualities that deliver good feelings.

If Lo-Fi is your thing, like it probably is this year, these guys will be right up your alley. To me Ganglians remind me of Wavves with a good sense of humor.

Standout Tracks: Hair, Never Mind, Radically Inept Candy Girl, Majorly Masked, The Void (terrific track that almost reminds me of Simon & Garfunkel), Stuck Under Town (I think I like the mellow side of these guys more)

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