This is the sort of glam tinged cinematic rock you might expect from the '90s - you know post Pulp and Beck all that but Whitehorse (must stop calling them Whitehouse) are from now and are from Canada. They mix up sleaze rock, lo-fi, surf rock and lethal riffs which has already earned them a Juno award on which they performed on telly in front of millions.
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You had one job. On the back of the CD promo the inscription 'Pantehr in the Dollhouse'. Shocking.
These two have been doing ok for themselves. They got a Juno award and performed on telly in front of whoever still watches it these days. They make a brand of thoughtful cinematic rock that keeps reminding me of the '90s when labels had millions to throw at bands like this. They are post-Beck eclectic. The first few tracks veer through Fleetwood Mac ish harmonies, Cake-like odd rock, a boring weeping ballad, cinematic trip-hop influenced big songs and something that sounds so much like T-Rex that all I can see is curly hair.
But is it good? Well I'm not sure. It's inventive and ambitious. It's highly scrubbed but it takes until 'Kicking Down Your Door' until I find something unique and even then it has shades of Bruce Springsteen's 'Philadelphia'. The chorus of this track leads me to decide that that band are more commercially aimed than my ears are ready for. The quirky wordplay of the verses with their Paul Simon ish inflections only lead to a singalong bit of trip hop. You don't have to think about it that's for sure. Whitehorse are like a kind of '90s relic. The so-so major label band yearning for acceptance.
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