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TONSTARTSSBANDHT - An When (DOES ARE, 2009, CDR)

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TONSTARTSSBANDHT - An When (DOES ARE, 2009, CDR)



At a time when a lot of bands are "progressing" by roughly slapping together disparate hodgepodges of sound to create "new" genres, it's always a breath of fresh air when you hear something that is immediately unique without the contrived heavy-handedness wrought of over-thinking. Doing two minutes of synth fuzz before you drop into a textbook indie-pop track or making a 3 minute drone song isn't a sure-fire way to start blowing minds, am I right?

TONSTARTSSBANDHT (don't worry, you will know how to say it after the first 30 seconds or so) is unique in this regard because none of it comes off as trying to be "anti-genre", yet it totally is and remains pretty damn good music all the while. It's got pop, lo-fi, psych jams and a host of other not so easily identifiable moods running throughout. The two most definable aspects, the vocal harmonies and damaged drums are also the two best parts of i…