Warehouse are an Atlanta GA band who tap into the marvellously fertile Athens jangle pop/art rock scene of the early 1980's. In fact the band provide the perfect R.E.M like backing for the remarkable growling vocals of Elaine Edenfield who bears an uncanny resemblance to Pylon's Vanessa Briscoe Hay. Quite remarkable. This could be a really interesting one when you bear in mind the band have also been listening to Deerhunter rather a lot I'd imagine.
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Right then, we have an issue here. Warehouse are a band from Athens Georgia who make an amazing, truly inventive form of rock music that references pretty much every lop sided rock band of the past two decades. I hear great, weird melodies that recall Talking Heads, REM, Deerhunter and Pylon. But over the top of it I hear the sound of a woman throwing up.
If (and it’s a massive if) you can get over the sound of Elaine Edenfield's vocals then you are going to be rewarded with one of the better albums of the year. She sounds like a gravelly version of Vanessa Briscoe Hay from Pylon and growls all over this excellent music in a manner that recalls another great band/idiosyncratic vocalist combination in Life Without Buildings.
The guitars have that watery Athens sound that recalls both Randall Bewley of Pylon and early day Peter Buck of REM and they inject their songs with loads of great hooks. The title track is absolutely magnificent. Music hasn’t sounded this good to me since REM released ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’. It’s not the only moment where I’m headed back to the glory days of US 80s indie/college rock. Closer ‘Garden Walls’ spangles and swoons like Pylon’s ‘Altitude ‘ leaving the album on a note that suggests when they rein in Edenfield's growl we could be left with something really special.
For now, file under: marmite.
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