Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lenses Alien

Cymbals Eat Guitars hailing from Staten Island, New York sophomore record comes as they have just signed to Barsuk Records. These indie-rockers have gained a lot of attention in the press for their aggressive and flowing indie-rock.

The use of Cobainesque chorus guitar riffs, high rise keyboards supported by bouncy bass sets the scene for a record of precision. The overall impression one gets of this album is one of clean cut, neat and powerful composition – even the noise and distortion seems controlled. The drums punch at the soundscape through the floor while the winy, Los Campesinos style shatter the windows: creating a powerful mix. We get melodies with passion- what more could we ask of offbeat indie- rock.

‘Keep Me Waiting’ features typical grungy and lazy guitar underpinned by shifty bass- giving us that Girls/Yuck sound typical of the 90s style revival at the moment. ‘Definite Darkness’ is a return to the polyphonic, subtle yet noisy soundscape of their debut- this is what makes this record exciting seperating them from the rest of the indie-rock bands out there.

Finally, ‘The Current’ and ‘Wavelengths’ show us a softer and floating side of Cymbals Eat Guitars. Throughout this stylistic movement of the record the vocals and bass really provide a connection or just a rather monotonous simplestity.

This record although well produced and written it provides nothing that can be supplied better and more inventively elsewhere by this ever growing movement. Indie bands are becoming rather common place and only a few really excellent bands can break through this mould.



Released on 30th August 2011 by Barsuk Records