Tapes ‘n’ Tapes
You can say that any indie rock band with off-kilter vocals, unconventional melodies and experimental drum beats could trace their lineage back to Pavement. You can cite Pixies as a major influence on a band’s seemingly nonsensical lyrics and vocal yelps. What is more difficult is to acknowledge these common jumping-off points and still discover a reason to listen deeper.
Indie Rock saw its heyday in the late ’80s/early ’90s. After this “Alternative” music went mainstream (thank you Nirvana) the wonderfully quirky world of the once-underground got so saturated with blah that many of us moved on in search of new fresh sounds as the millennium approached (thank you White Stripes). It has been recently that the world of oddball experimentation in rock music has become interesting once more.
Minneapolis natives Tapes ‘n’ Tapes have come to remind us that often times a banal form of music can still have its moments of transcedence even in an era where the chioces of music to listen to are billions and they’re all at our fingertips (or on our friend-lists). The band’s full length debut The Loon has a brilliance that sneaks up on you. From opening moments of infectious grooves in “Just Drums” to the closing power chords and soft rock-a-byes of “Jakov’s Suite” here is a release to get excited about! No tracks to skip, and a repeat player to be sure.
Tapes ‘n’ Tapes: www.tapesntapes.com