of distortion (which requires the shoe to be gazed upon in order to work the effects) to take up the background of some tracks, curiously the combination of banjo, distortion and vocal harmonies makes for a very pleasant musical experience, such as with the track A Thought. Ryan Graveface who is the only person in Dreamend (unless you count a synthesizer as backup) and delivers like quartet’s worth. As for the album as a whole there is a certain quality to it which makes it one of those albums that will no doubt have people taking notice.
Note: If you were wondering who designed the album art for So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite it was William Schaff who is an artist based out of Providence, Rhode Island.
The tinny guitar portions have a kind of low-fi effect and set up lead singer Hamilton Leithauser nicely and continue to do so throughout the album. For a band that has been doing this for a decade now, The Walkmen don’t seem to be slowing down and have made a memorable album with Lisbon.
The Band In Heaven is a self proclaimed shoegazer band that seems to draw their inspiration straight from the background hum of the universe itself. In their collection of demos (available for download on their site) the band walks us through their distortion riddled world of drone. A Tunnel into Your Dreams is the opening cut off of this album and it sets a tone, the background always infused with a shaky distortion heavy melody, the vocal portions incite a sense of subtle possession which draws in the listener for more. West Palm Beach, Florida
What is striking about The Band In Heaven is not really its influences which lay somewhere between Velvet Underground and The Jesus and Mary Chain, but it is in their contemporaries. The only other band that comes to mind that has been able to recently pull off this style of music is The Big Pink from
. The Big Pink like The Band In Heaven have a handle on this highly enjoyable style of music. Both bands are definitely worth your time and a listen. Britain
As for just The Band In Heaven, if this album is just a taste of what they can do, it’s exciting to think what a full length album of theirs might consist of.
There are a number of highlights on this album but the standouts are: A Tunnel into Your Dreams, Dreams (Cranberries Cover) and High Low.