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Weather Machines
The Sound Of Pseudoscience
Tigers Against Crime!!!

This South Dakota-based foursome crunches out catchy, raucous guitar-based power-pop, a bit less sweet than classic Big Star, a bit less explosive than early Replacements. Like their forebears in Cheap Trick and Supertramp, these boys juxtapose ragged guitars with high, nearly falsetto vocals, hard-pummeled drums with melodic choruses. The buzzsaw riff on "Modern Text on Love" is Chilton-esque, running headlong into baroquely musical verses. "Fade Out Classic" is faster, harder pop, with singalong chorus and brief guitar eruptions. "The Latest in Company Brides" sports the tangled razor-wire guitars of early Elvis Costello, and fuzz-warped "Stains of Saints" wheels and swoops like early 1990s shoe-gaze.

The Sound of Pseudoscience is fast, fun rock 'n' roll and an impressive debut for a band that's been together for less than two years. The songs are economically written and tightly played, mostly coming in under three minutes and without any extended solos. This is an album that works best when you're not thinking about it too hard. None of the lyrics stand up to close inspection — there's nothing as funny as The Replacements' "Waitress in the Sky" or as ruefully perfect as "Skyway." Moreover, there are no real melodic surprises or eccentricities such as you'll hear on Big Star's recent In Space. The songs remain exactly as good on the 10th time through as they were on the first, neither fading into irritants nor developing additional nuance.

I'd like to see the Weather Machines take a few more chances, letting up on the controls and allowing the band to find what's different about their music. Still, like Oranger's New Comes and Goes, this album evokes the pure jubilance of power pop, and its near-live energy suggests that Weather Machines would be well worth seeing in concert.

by Jennifer Kelly

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