Slowcoach - New Strategies Are Necessary, This Is Not Solid Ground
Silver Girl Records


It's difficult to criticize a band for wearing its influences on its
sleeve when they admit to doing so. It's even more difficult to criticize
a band for wearing its influences on its sleeve when the influence comes
from the classic indie-rock band Archers of Loaf.

One of the perks of listening to CDs weeks or months before you read the press releases that accompany them is that sometimes you can start writing little mental reviews in your head, and when you dig up that press sheet in order to sound knowledgeable when you write your review, you realize the comparisons in your mental review were dead on. The first time I listened to Slowcoach's debut full-length, "New Strategies Are Necessary, This Is Not Solid Ground," I heard a very obvious Archers influence -- the music is dark, jangly indie rock, and the vocals almost perfectly mimic Eric Bachmann.
Like the Archers, Slowcoach's music is all over the board. One minute they'll be playing a quick, upbeat punkish song, and the next minute there'll be a downbeat song with the vocals mixed way to the back, emphasizing little more than a synthesizer and a drum. And then, before you know it, the guitars kick back in for another rocker.
As the cliche goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that is the case, the Archers of Loaf should feel quite flattered at this point. As listeners, though, Slowcoach remains a rocking band, but one too derivative and uneven to leave much lasting effect.
...john heisel...

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