samedi 14 mai 2011

Drop Nineteens - "National Coma" (1993, Caroline Records)

Drop Nineteens
(1993, Caroline Records)

Drop Nineteens' second (and last) album. Three members have changed since their first LP, and of course the whole band sounds different. This LP shows the original artwork (due to censorship, CD versions had a different sleeve, as can be seen in the Youtube videos at the bottom of this post).
Away from their somewhat shoegaze beginnings on the "Delaware" LP, their music has evolved into a weirdly constructed pop rock with strange yet powerful lyrics filled with double-meanings and poetry... That added to facts that they're from Boston but gained reknown mainly in UK makes instantly one think of the Pixies !
This is definitely a very rich and sadly underrated album, from a band that deserved more recognition.
Maybe their songs were too ahead of their time, stuck in the in-between of ageing shoegaze and emerging post-rock (the same kind of thing that happened to the Telstar Ponies)... They never released any other album and finally split in 1995.

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