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2010 week 14

12 Apr 2010 · 1 Comment

Artist of the Week: Museum Mouth

Tears in My Beer sounds kinda like a country album title, and maybe not a good one either, but this North Carolina trio’s debut is rambunctious, noisy indie pop. It sounds like not a lot of microphones were involved, and they were all pretty much traumatized. Bassist Savannah Levin takes the lion’s share of the lead vocals (drummer Karl Kuehn delivers the rest). Levin could easily call to mind Be Your Own Pet’s Jemina Pearl, not just in her vocal timbre, but also in her exuberant delivery. Museum Mouth reminded me superficially of Times New Viking as well as BYOP — both comparisons they stand up to surprisingly well. They’re plenty rough around the edges, but the songwriting is solid, with some welcome mood and textural shifts — there’s even a slow (well, slower) pretty song, albeit with the same needle-in-the-red vocal treatment. I want to hear more from this band for sure — and I wouldn’t mind if they went just a little higher-fi next time. I feel like right now there’s a boatload of bands hiding behind sloppy fuzzed-out production because if you cleaned up the recordings you wouldn’t have anything very interesting left. That’s not a problem Museum Mouth needs to worry about.

No need to take my word for any of this: stream Tears in my Beer at punknews.org, hit up Sound as Language to snag the I am the Idiot of the Jungle EP, and vist Museum Mouth on MySpace for a link to free teaser single “Outside”.

(h/t to Deckfight for the heads-up!)

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Courtney // Apr 12, 2010 at 14:41

    I LOVE MUSEUM MOUTH AND THEIR HOT GUITARIST

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