Wednesday, May 18, 2011
video: cold cave - villains of the moon
Some interesting facts about Cold Cave that you may not know (or maybe you do genius, jeez):
- Singer/songwriter Wesley Eisold was the vocalist for hardcore bands XO Skeletons and Some Girls (and on an unrelated but somewhat interesting sidenote, he has only one hand)
- The band used to feature Caralee McElroy of Xiu Xiu
- The band currently features Dominic Fernow of Prurient/Ash Pool and Jennifer Clavin of Mika Miko
- All of these facts should add up to an awesome band and yet somehow this, from their latest album, sucks really hard.
Their new album, "Cherish the Light Years", is full of songs with brainless hooks and high-school emotions like this one. At best, this comes off as an insincere "sell-out" ploy; at worst, it just makes them seem like terrible songwriters (you are free to reverse the "best" and "worst" in this scenario, but I'd rather think they are trying to "make it" rather than to believe they are just this awful of a band). I'll let this video review serve in lieu of an album review, because this is pretty representative of what the album is like and I don't have any interest in listening to it in its entirety again. I'm hopeful that they take their sound in a different direction, because there's way too much talent in this band to make music this fake and simplistic.
This, by the way, is what they sounded like on their last album, which to me sounds perfectly mainstream without sounding completely dumbed down: