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the pathetic caverns - music by artist - Run On

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Start Packing

(Matador, 1996)

I had to listen to this record a whole bunch of times before I really started to like it. Although it sounded interesting from the first listen, the songs didn't stick immediately, but I'm glad I persisted. The songs tend to be densely arranged, and there's a lot of sonic variety between them. It would be easy to compare the the contrast between Sue Garner's mostly sweet vocals and Alan's rather dull ones to those of Georgia and Ira from Yo La Tengo, and it would also be easy to compare the propulsive grooves that drive (the atypically sparse drum, organ 'n' slide guitar fest) "Go There" and "Surprise" to the Feelies. It's not even that unfair a comparison, since like both of the aforesaid, this is a band of people who can really play, not haphazard indie slackers (not that there's anything wrong with haphazard indie slackers), and there's an introspective mood to the lyrics that's not too far removed from them either, and Run On also shares an affinity for the occasional edgy noise guitar freak out.

(Also see Mark Eitzel April 1998)


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