Ethers are a supergroup. Well, to those who are au fait with the Chicago indie rock scene they are, anyway. They are made up from members of Radar Eyes, Heavy Times and Outer Minds. Their brand of mid-fi, hook-heavy indie recalls band such as Royal Headache, Reigning Sound and The Feelies. LP and CD on Trouble In Mind.
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The fact that Ethers are a Chicago supergroup means very little to me and everyone I share an office in, given that we’re not immersed in a scene that exists several thousand leagues away from us. What does it matter, though, when a record is this good? Throw away the press sheet and revel in Ethers’ self-titled -- it’s garage rock of the absolute best kind, melodic and churning at once, super captivating on what sounds like an economical budget.
Trading bait-and-switch guitar hooks and the kind of ducking keyboard melodies that made Times New Viking so affable, Ethers come across as a very light-hearted punk band, one who know exactly where to stop shredding on those chords in exchange for a noxious hook. “Running Through the Night” lays down a rapid-fire verse before halting it with aplomb, creating a suspenseful counterpoint through a bricker-bracker synthline. “Nature’s Revenge” is a jubilant mess, its percussion going hard and haughty against thrummed piano chords and crystalline guitar jangle. It’s these little battles between noise and nurture that make them such a delightful band: it often sounds aggy, but never gone completely.
Ethers don’t make the kind of records that need to live and die by their guitars, but tunes like “Carry What You Kill” will get immediate stamps of approval from fans of verbose riffer bands: that treacling guitar line runs away from the song and becomes something that might be made by the Hecks, or on old Women records. “Patient Life” goes in with gnarly, disjointed chords and presents a more sinister version of a band who are usually bright and approachable. Ultimately, it’s a blip in a record that feels fun and affirming to listen to, but it’s proof of a band confident enough in their sound to trade it about. Still don’t know any of the bands they used to be in, but Ethers have made one of the year’s most charming guitar albums.
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