This is the debut 7” single by three piece Thalassocracy, featuring Art Is Hard records’ own Richard Walsh (vocals and guitar), Slothboat music blogger Lloyd King (bass guitar) and Playlounge’s Sam Watkins (drums). ‘Graves’ is a low fi, melodic pop song played through muddy guitars, carried along by laid back vocals and plenty of hooks.
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Slacker ‘90’s indie rock is waaay in vogue at the moment and when it’s done well it still has license to thrill just like the old days.
The confusingly named Thalassocracy come bursting out the traps with a batch of lo-fi noise pop that would have graced the palette of early Built to Spill. Sounding like it was recorded in a wind tunnel, ‘Graves’ powers through 3 minutes of sludgy guitars, madcap drumming and tuneful vocals - kind of like how the Cribs imagine they sound. Overleaf ‘The Glory of Man by the Minuteman’ has more of a Wedding Present/early Pavement vibe with scratchy, strummy guitars and a more laid back approach than it’s tense cousin overleaf.
This is their first single (proper) and a very good start.
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