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- Terribly Well by Sightings
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A friend and I recently seized a rare opportunity to catch this NYC band play these shores. We made a 240 mile round trip and it was totally worth it. I could probably count on one hand the amount of new rock music I listen to these days but I always have time for these cats. I scored this LP at the show too and enjoyed getting it home and going like “Ah yeah I remember them playing this one”. Opener ‘The Loafer’ was one such highlight. To describe their sound or attempt to compare it to another band is nigh on impossible as they are super weird. Over the years they’ve moved on a lot from the totally trashed, frazzled production sound of ‘Michigan Haters’ and their self titled record on Load. This is not as polished as ‘Through The Panama’ or ‘City Of Straw’ though.
They peddle a brand of deconstructed noise rock/ art-rock that is simply in a league of its own. Mark Morgan’s (apparently he was voted 98th best guitar player in the world by Spin Magazine) scratchy guitar rips across discordant grumbling bass and bizarre unconventional drum rhythms to create an almighty powerful and engaging sound like no other. Terribly Well is another diamond in the Sightings catalogue, continuing their experiments in the possibilities / re-wiring of the rock format. Tracks like ‘Yellow’ also display their ability to create music using conventional rock tools but the results are certainly not what I would consider rock music. If you seek frantic, jarring off kilter post no-wave mayhem then you just found it. Highly recommended and comes with digital download code.
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