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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Bargos Steeler
Classic Steve
404 Records

Rating: 8.8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Atonal guitar rock, when executed properly, can only result in magnificent ends. If only these songs were recorded properly! Taking over where bands like Polvo left off, the Bargos Steeler shift structures around like no one's business, creating a predictable unpredictability that is relentless in its pursuit of completely irrational yet alarmingly functional twisted song structures that rely on multiple tempos and an intricate fabric of interwoven guitar and bass riding atop a snappy din of percussion. The bass is subdued but almost hyperactive, giving a thick canvas of substance for the nimble guitarist to work his magic, employing a bit of reverb to induce an almost trance-like state. From the opening notes of "The 4-position" through the infectious "I SITARNO" these midrange gems conjure up images of an early Boys Life taking on a more post-rock slant. Smart without being overly smug, these five tracks, primarily instrumental, are over in far too short a time, just like the band itself. Yes, that's right, we've lost another one to the fire of post-rock frailty. Join me as I raise my glass to the Bargos Steeler for a job well done.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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