Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Serious Geniuses - You Can Steal the Riffs, But You Can't Steal The Talent

You've got to give these kids points for their moxy, if nothing else. They definitely are coming out swinging, or talking, really. There's not a huge amount of genius, per se, on You Can Steal The Riffs, But You Can't Steal The Talent, but golly if there isn't a whole lot of irony, especially when one looks at the boldface Archers Of Loaf rip-off that is Echo Made. The track Station is more of a Small jock, but rest assured that the Early 90s North Carolina scene is well represented in these kids MP3 collections. 

The record is ok, but the bastardization of Archers Of Loaf and Taking Back Sunday is a little grating for me. I was a big fan of the first TBS record, but it was obvious they wouldn't be able to pull it off live (and that maybe the lead singer was kind of a douche). You Can is the 2008 version of Taking Back Sunday's debut Tell All Your Friends, without being so heavy on the ProTools tweaking and auto-tune. There are some moments, like on the closing Unique, where they show glimmers of being their own band, but at this point they are a little transparent in the influences department. They are doing a fair bit of touring and will be at The Fest this year. Rolling in with a name like that, they better be bringing their A game in the Fall. Provided the modest ones survive the trip, I'm interested to see what the next record will sound like after a little more time on the road. They have a split 7" with the horribly named Jean Claude Jam Band out on Kiss Of Death, but I'm not sure when this record is actually going to be released, but I'll keep you posted. It will be on Kiss Of Death, although there's no mention of it on the KOD website currently. It appears that you maybe can buy it at the shows, if you are so inclined. Check the links below. 

Lucero tonight with Townes Earle on a boat in a thunderstorm.  
This could be unpleasant.
Review tomorrow.



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