For fans of fuzzed out indie rock from yesteryear with modern principles and a youthful exuberance, there's Tyrannosaurus Dead, who get by with sickly-sweet vocal exchanges (that recall a gentler Dan Bejar) and scuzzy chords that make you feel a lot of love. The succinct and always catchy enough 'Flying Ant Day' takes you back to the days of 'Slanted & Enchanted' carelessness, and also harkens to the newer work of Joanna Gruesome. A nice postcard from indie rock.
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Let’s start off by singing the praises of Oddbox Records: the London label has been championing some of the best DIY bands since its inception in 2009, releasing myriad albums on low budgets and plenty of passion. The latest release from the label is Brighton based Tyrannosaurus Dead's debut LP ’ ‘Flying Ant Day’, a pleasingly discordant album, filled with frantic guitar hooks and tongue-in-cheek lyricism.
Tongue-in-cheek is the keyword here: if you didn’t have a sense of humour then you might dismiss ‘Flying Ant Day’ as being self aware and way too serious, but as depicted in the lyrics for opener ‘Canada’ in which they chant “come on now, let’s be serious together’, it's pretty clear that they aren't to be taken too seriously.
It’s a routine that makes this debut so enjoyable. The lack of earnestness is a welcomed shift from the po-faced indie bands of both today and the past. The production is solid, but it’s predictable in its DIY execution; typically lo-fi, it sounds like it was made in someone’s basement, and all the better for it.
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