Anyway, I'm currently listening to an album by American shoegazers Crash City Saints. I don't know the band. I have never heard them before but the name seems to ring a bell. A quick internet search teaches me that the band formed in 2002, released an album ('Glow In The Dark') in 2010. According to their facebook page, they like bands like Ringo Deathstarr, Scott Cortez, The Hex Bombs, The Big Pink, Japandroids and Meshuggah. Odd.
The album begins with a slow, lingering shoegaze tune in 'Ice Cream Headache' before suddenly blasting off with tempo and shoegazing goodness that often reeks of doom metal, as in 'Smile Lines'. Eventually, once I'm over my initial feeling of surprise, 'There Is No School Tomorrow' pulls me over. Jesus And Mary Chain comes to mind and if that happens, I'm dealing with something good, something I will definitely like.
In a way, the album describes the story of a teenager growing up in a dead-end small town in the early 90s and finding sort of a path to salvation by listening to bands like My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins, Galaxie 500 and so on. Personally, I can relate to that. I too grew up in a small village and I too quickly seeked my salvation in music, although I listened to different bands. (blatant self promotion: because of that lifelong search, I wrote a book about music, 'Cecilia's World'.)
But let's get back to the songs on 'Are You Free?'. I can't find a single one I can't appreciate. 'Spirit Photography' is a brilliant shoegaze track while 'Act 2' brings out a noisy, experimental approach to alternative rock music. 'Dawn Of A Bring New Nothing' somehow reminds me of Slowdive or Cocteau Twins, so now might be a good idea to mention that Simon Raymonde contributed on this album.
'Annabella' is one of my absolute favorites. I love the electronic noise opening and the rest of the song is immersive as hell. Speaking about electronics, 'It's Not a Party Until Someone Breaks Your Heart' is a weird but danceable tune, seamlessly followed by the shoegazing disco tune 'The Hour Of The World', another one of my favorites here. Oh well, I guess you will by now know that I absolutely love this album and that I recommend it to all shoegazers out there.