Friday, May 23, 2014

Sonic Avenues - Mistakes LP - Clear Vinyl (/175)


Dirtnap (2014)

Ever since I put the needle down on the very first Sonic Avenues full length that I mailordered from Going Gaga records (which was almost not delivered due to a mailing mishap) I have been such a huge fan this band.  When their 2nd record came out on Dirtnap, it only fanned the flame even more.  Now that their 3rd LP Mistakes has arrived, I've pretty much moved on to full blown obsession.

This is one of the greatest bands in the world right now.  They have such an exciting way of crafting their guitar riffs, always veering off into unexpected places, but always making sense in the end.  In a lot of ways they remind me of the Marked Men in this regard.  The static-y vocals probably also would make others think of the Marked Men as well, but I would venture to say that Sonic Avenues are pretty close to unmatched in supplying vocal melodies.  They sing higher and hold notes longer than most bands I can think of and always deliver something new and exciting.

Sonic Avenues are a band that you will never mistake for being someone else.  They've created a sound that will certainly appeal to fans of other bands playing fast paced garagey-pop; but Sonic Avenues stand so far apart from everyone else it's almost comical.  This new record is just as great as anything else they've released so far and if 2014 ended today Mistakes would hands down be the best record of the year.

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