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When I started putting shows together again last year, the sounds of this Garland band fell on my ears with their cover of The Everly Brother’s All I Have To Do Is Dream. My dad certainly approved, and after checking out some more of their stuff, I reached out to them for a show.
They’d already been hitting some spots in the Dallas area, since 2012 but I’m not sure about how the “vultures” around here are treating them because when I first asked them about doing a show, they seemed somewhat leery that I was going to force them to sell tickets. Honestly though, I had to convince them that their band has something I’m after, in the music I love.
Their track Dog Music has been in circulation for a while now and even though they were “pushing it” as a rough demo, it sounded pretty damn done to me. It always has and so when it’s the track that opens up their newly released Bummer EP, it already opens up pretty strong. It was the right call. It does sound like they cleaned it up though, but it doesn’t add anything that it doesn’t already have.
I don’t know if they know this about themselves and I’ll be sure to bring it up when I talk to them but, to me, these guys are like Twin Peaks. Just pay attention and I think you’ll see what I mean. They’re breathing the same atmosphere. And no jokes about the second season alright!?
Let me also say that these guys have another project called Melancharlie Stephencholy, who I was able to get for the show last November. Judging from that performance, they’ve got enough stage presence to hold a room; especially when they closed with a cover of Outkast’s Hey Ya.
But back to this EP; if I’m to treat this like concept art then it works on a subtle level. I mean, at first listen; but after some time as of now it’ll make more sense to me if that’s what I’m looking for. But even as loose singles, I can’t see how anyone can’t see this EP as a whole.
For me, Rental Car and Go Away are in the right place on the release as their weaker tracks, just to get out of the way because for me, they come across as developmental studies in where they can take a song. There’s nothing wrong with that as this is, like most Bandcamp EPs, something to put “out there” as a demo.
But they’re not half-assing their way through this thing either. It’s not like they just lumped together some works-in-progress. They know their sound, they know who they are and how to build their thing. That kind of confidence is very satisfying which makes them that perfect band or for me, that hidden secret. I’ll go ahead and point out the last track Gemini as one of their strongest tracks.
Also, while I’m saying this, why mention their ability to harmonize? You’ll already pick up on that and they also know it!
And they also know their voice. Charlie has this voice that’s youthfully sweet and beautiful and then there’s this more mature womanly hold that comes in and out of it, that’s seductive and intimidating; and tells me straight out that, whoever that is, is totally out of my league! Honestly, Charlie scares the shit out of me!
Look. I’ll happily pick any other track on here such as Temporary Loss, than a track that another blog who isn’t even from around here — and who beat me to the punch, favorited. But I also know when to eat shit and take it like a man. They were right about the track Repetition. It’s got everything that makes LEWB great and makes them more than just another Dreampop band.
I mean, listen to when she sings …if I ever.. and then the oooooooo harmony over lays during “get.” It’s fucking pretty!
How’s this for smoke blowing: Charlie is what I call a crooner. I can just see members of the audience pass out, every time she leans in.
I’ll also say that I expected this EP to be dark and there are certainly moments when it is. But I came away from this thing feeling fully energized and hopeful of the Dallas music scene. Goddammit Charlie. You’re gonna break a lot of hearts!