Canadian band, Pottery, have built their sound on a foundation laid by post-punk weirdos Devo, Scottish indie-funksters Orange Juice and fellow Postcard band Josef K. Their sound can be challenging at times and hypnotic and blissful at others, this dichotomy weirdly makes the band function as one. On Partisan Records.
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Limited edition, 7-track 12" EP on Partisan Records.
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I like a bit of jangly punk as much as the next man. There’s something very pleasing to the ears about music that has punk's visceral energy paired with a slightly gentler sound. There’s been a spate of decent bands doing this lately, I’m thinking of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Parquet Courts, and I’ll very happily add Montreal band Pottery to that list (and who here is brave enough to stop me?).
‘No.1’ is the band’s debut EP, seven tracks of upbeat and engaging jangly punk. Their whole sound is really endearingly mellow. The guitars don’t have much attack, the vocals have bit of reverb on them, and the riffs are often accompanied by very soft sounding keys. In a lot of ways, it sounds like Jonathan Richman’s the Modern Lovers. That same kind of unthreatening slacker vibe, a similar vocal affectation. There’s a bit of call and response, and a few gently catchy riffs too. And let me say, I love the Modern Lovers.
Unlike that band though, Pottery have a propensity to chug hard. They have a willingness to get locked into a groove like on wonderful closer ‘Lifeline Costume’. Despite being a band I’ve just used the word “slacker” to describe, this track is all precision and focus. It sounds like one of those long Deerhunter outros that keep going and going till you’re worried for their hands. It’s thrilling.
Hopefully ‘No. 1’ implies an eventual ‘No. 2’.
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