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Old 03-12-2013, 04:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Their debut mini album also has a bit of hardcore like screams in some parts. They started out among the hardcore scene with a shoegaze/sonic youth sound that became more pronounced over time. Also, what is it with Damon and ostriches?

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Old 03-12-2013, 04:49 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yeah they only sound slightly like MBV, I hear more of a Sonic Youth influence in their sound than an MBV influence. But for the most part they were an amazingly original band. The field recordings and humorous dialogue snippets really add to their albums as well, especially 'Untitled' on They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days...
Yes I totally agree, I hear more Sonic Youth than MBV but there's a little of both. And yes I love the humorous dialog at the end.

I lean toward that album, but I also really like Blonder Tongue Audio Baton.
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As good as the music on the album is I always look forward to the French guy talking about his cat at the end. Completely off the wall and random

Their debut mini-album (or is it a compilation?) is pretty good as well. Not as focused as their first two proper albums but still enjoyable. I still haven't ventured past They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days as I've read a lot of negative stuff about their later releases.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:19 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Likewise...I've only heard the first two albums and the preceding comp, What to Do About Them.
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I think they sounded a lot more like MBV than Sonic Youth. Lots of slow tremelo effected riffs, steady beats, and melodic vocals often mixed low. Generally less abrasive and/or off-kilter than even the smoothest Sonic Youth songs. Of course, I didn't think about these distinctions in the early 90s.

Their Brokedick Car EP is my favorite of their work.

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Old 03-15-2013, 10:09 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I guess the reason I consider them closer to SY is because they're more melodic. I Think SY has more melodic songs than MBV.
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Nah, look at the tunings Damon uses, very much like sonic youth. Not a single standard tuning in the Swirlies catalog.

http://rcarchives.com/swirlies/image...uly%202011.pdf
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