Dick Diver / Lower Plenty - Split 7" - White Vinyl, a photo by Tim PopKid on Flickr.
I'm still trucking along with the Matador Singles Club releases I've fallen behind with, I have 1 more for tomorrow and then I'll be caught up. Today's record is actually a split 7" by 2 bands I was not familiar with prior to listening to this record. While it does hit the highs of the Smartboys 7" it comes nowhere near the lows of the Bits Of Shit single, so this ends up being a middle of the road release for Matador's club.
Dick Diver's song starts off with a Pixies Gigantic-esque bassline that leads into some clean, treble heavy guitar work. The vocals remind me a lot of the most recent (and frankly sub par) Soft Pack album. It's a decent enough little song, but it's kind of boringly mid tempo and never really goes anywhere.
Lower Plenty's contribution is built off of light acoustic guitar. While it doesn't actually sound like the Silver Jews, it kind of reminds me of that sort of subset of 90's indie rock, the bands you'd end up hearing if you decided to dig deeper than your Pavements or Built To Spills. Again, it's a fine song, but nothing really earth shattering.
I couldn't find either song available to share online. I'm wondering if that was some sort of deal with these Matador singles, the vast majority of them are really hard to listen to unless you have the records. Not that that's a bad thing, I always like people to be encouraged to actually buy records, but it certainly is unusual these days.