This week’s Listening Party starts off with Birds on the Ground, an experimental group that claims to be influenced by “everything that is and will be dreamed.” In practice, this means that they sound like a lot of other psychedelic-infused shoegazer bands, with a little bit of Nico thrown in for good measure. (This is particularly true on the song “cold night burning.”) In some songs, one can also hear echoes of local symphonic thrashers Descolada, who — if their MySpace page is any indicator — appear to be a major supporter of BOTG. We suggest starting with “Old Suit,” which is probably BOTG’s most accessible song.
Next up is The Afromotive, a group we predict you’ll be hearing a lot about in coming months. With the release of their radio-friendly album Scare Tactics only a few days away, the group is almost certain to find itself on playlists across the country, and perhaps the globe. With a big, jazzy, Afrobeat sound, it’s exactly the kind of music that festival crowds love, and we’d be very surprised if the group didn’t find itself on at least an East Coast tour by early 2008. Likely success aside, however, there’s not much happening in the Afromotive’s music that we haven’t heard before. Sure, they’re good, but the jury is still out on whether or not they are breaking new musical ground. Just to get an idea of what the band sounds like in performance, we suggest starting with the live version of “Yako,” which you can find on the group’s MySpace page.
Finally, we have Shake It Like A Caveman, Blake Burris’ one-man band project. SILAC seems to have found its niche, regularly landing bookings at bars and parties along the East Coast and Canada. The gritty, bluesy tunes are inspired by “avoiding paint fumes, disregard for using spell check and the prospect of not working in a sh**ty office for the man.” And it sounds like it, too. (Not that this is a bad thing, mind you.) We suggest starting with “love in the workplace,” which you can listen to here.
Now, it’s your turn. Tell us your thoughts on these groups by posting into the comment fields below. This is your chance to be the music reviewer, so praise and pan as you see fit.
— Steve Shanafelt, A&E editor