Hype Monitor: Bryan Scary & the Shredding Tears, HEALTH, Telegraph Canyon

September 10th, 2009 by J. Edward Keyes Leave a reply »

Photo: Sarah Wilmer

The Band: Bryan Scary & the Shredding Tears
The Buzz: Bryan and his crew claim to live in a mystic land called Scaryville, and are fond of speaking in cockeyed fairy-tale-isms — which, yeah, we know, a bit rich. But wait! At a time when every band you know is Twittering every mundane activity (”The Dude from Muse just bought paper towels”), don’t you want a band that indulges in a bit of fantasy role-play?
Listen If: You typically listen to your Ben Folds albums at twice the normal speed, so that Ben sounds like Freddie Mercury.
Key Track: The worked-up “Andromeda’s Eyes,” where Scary pouts and huffs over a hyperactive keyboard line, diving headfirst into Queen-size melodies and soaring into a pretty-boy falsetto on the irresistible chorus.

The Band: HEALTH
The Buzz: LA band loosely affiliated with the noise scene centered around the venue/studo The Smell (which also gave us No Age), HEALTH combine frenetic percussion with razorbacked guitar lines — a combination that caught the attention of Trent Reznor, who asked the group to open several dates in Nine Inch Nails’ Lights in the Sky tour.. Side note: we wish there was a band called Human Services, so they could tour together. Get it?
Listen If: You aren’t averse to big, grinding sheets of noise, but you’d like there to be a haunting human voice somewhere in the mix. Or you’re looking for a gym mix that will terrify the person eavesdropping on the treadmill next to you.
Key Track: “We Are Water,” the kind of spaced-out static jam at which HEALTH excels. It sounds like a rave taking place inside a trash compactor.

The Band: Telegraph Canyon
The Buzz: Sprawling Fort Worth, TX septet write alarming small songs, ornamented with accordion and violin — quiet...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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