It's refreshing to find a band that's not terribly worried about being the next big thing. Over the five years of their existence, Voxtrot have released fewer than twenty songs spread across two hard to find 7-inch singles and three EPs. And it's on the strength of those literate, memorable songs, plus a series of increasingly tight and vibrant live shows, that they've built a devoted and passionate following. The twelve songs on this record are a powerful statement of intent: louder, harder, a little more complex, a more confident Voxtrot. "...a Texas band who could nudge the heights of soulful UK indie poppers like Aztec Camera and the Beautiful South" - Spin. "Voxtrot write whip-smart pop rock" - Pitchfork.
On their first full length, these Anglophile Texans jettison the overt Belle & Sebastian/ Aztec Camera influences of their justly-lauded early singles and EPs for a slightly harder and more diverse sound. The songs range from pretty, poignant, and piano-driven numbers like "Ghost" and "Steven" to more manic and guitar-heavy songs such as "Kid Gloves" and "Brothers in Conflict." There's an undeniable, infectious energy at work here which is put to great use with the self-deprecating humor and immense pop chops. It'd be ridiculous to say you've never heard music like this before, even if you're a newbie to British (or British-sounding) indie-pop from the last 25 years. When Ramesh Srivastava knowingly, passionately sings "I have to lose my idols to find my voice" on "Brothers," you have to agree that the kid's on the right track. Fans of Ted Leo, the Wedding Present, and Clap Your Hands will find much to enjoy here. --Mike McGonigal