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Gatsbys American Dream

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Seattle's rising indie stars are quickly becoming the standard for groundbreaking creativity in the post-punk universe. This release offers a collision of honey-sweet melodies, black mountain prog, loping alt-country, and distortion-blitzed dream pop. Their highly complex and inspired arrangements put them in a small pantheon of contemporary rock bands that aren't afraid to push sonic boundaries. Look for them on this summer's Warped Tour.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fearless Records
  • ASIN: B000GET0A6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,438 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Typically, the eponymous debut is the music industry standard. If you release a self-titled album after a stream of otherwise titled output, it's because your band is running out of steam creatively. So it's ironic that this is Gatsby's American Dream's self-titled record, their name here giving the old one finger salute to the American music business.

For anyone new to the game, this four-piece melds progressive rock and punk in a manner that has the end result of sounding like Rush being obliterated by a tank with Bach and Jello Biafra at the wheel. "Dream pop" is about the farthest away from Gatsby's intricate, "distortion-blitzed" squall as one can get, though it might be accurate to call their work pop music that hammers its way into your dreams. The band's mission statement, at least partially, pops up here in a most unlikely place, on "Margaritas and Cock": "I've gotta write these songs to remind you that you believe in music."

It's another helping of more of the same with "Gatsby's American Dream," but having lyrical targets like literature and the sins of the music industry continuously on their horizon is at least more entertaining than album after album of love unrequited. Anti-music industry tirades crossbred with (some might say haphazard) references to literature comprise the lyrical content of Gatsby's back catalog. The arrangement and composition of their music has always far outstripped the frustration evident in Gatsby's lyrics. And frustrated though they may be, the words are clever. This record is no exception.

"Gatsby's American Dream" is probably the most bitter and direct denunciation of the corporate element of any of the band's efforts, however (with the possible exception of the "In The Land of Lost Monsters" EP).
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It seems that some people are complaining that this album is "more of the same". Yeah, it has plenty of the traits of GAD: No real structure, the most infectious vocals, a rad rhythm section, some of the most passionate guitar playing I've heard from a new band, great lyrics, etc. But it feels a lot different, and it's definitely less produced that Volcano. I think that they could not have done a more different follow than Volcano (well, not different as releasing an album of noise like Merzbow, but you get the point).

So what's new? First off, the production was said to be a lot more raw and less polished, and if you compare this to Volcano, you can easily tell. Actually, I think the drums sound better than ever. The groove is pulsing, throbbing, and will make you dance. I read somewhere that said if you liked A Mind full of Metal and Wheels, you would love a lot of the record. Everything sounds more raw, but at the same time, sounds more vibrant and biting. Oh, and those vocals that back up are awesome. Not as, eh, progressive sounding as Volcano, it won't replace that masterpiece, but it's very obvious.

Like the past two Gatsby's American Dream albums, there isn't a single bad song on here. If you liked the past two albums, you will find some great tunes, and not just more of the same either. The piano, while isn't refined, just adds more song craft to their songs (floating organ sounds, some jazzy bits). They might be learning some jazz after all? If they realize the merits of that, I can't wait to hear it on their next album. The lyrics and vocals have changed, and while Nic's vocals are less refined and could easily be passed off as whiny, I still find him the most infectious vocalist to come along in this decade, for sure (and the backing vocals rule).
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Not much is had to be said about this band..they are an awsome...their sound is unique...There is only one other band with this sound and that is forgive durden..if you like them you will love gatsbys...if youve never heard of them u need to...I was the first to comment for wanderland..which is forgive durdens album...and im the first to comment this album by gatsbys...I have been waiting for a long time for this album..it is here finally...and i am not disapointed at all..this band followed through with this one just like their other albums as well...I would advise to get the other albums too...if not all of them get volcano!!! one of the best albums i have heard in awhile...
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