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The Warmers
The Warmers (Dischord Records)

By: Sean Gilchris

This is the debut cd of this Washington, DC trio. The first thing you'll notice is the simple, black and white packaging and the sparse use of liner notes. What you will then notice about the Warmers music is that it is also quite simplistic. You can hear it in the single note riffs of Alec Mackaye's (ignition) guitar on "Snakecharmer" that brings to mind Gang of Four. While it would be easy to cheat and say this sounds like Fugazi, there are still hints of that band here. Alec's brother Ian (fugazi) handles the production duties and it was recorded at DC's legendary Inner Ear studios (engineered by Don Zientara) so the sound is perfect. What drives this record is the drumming of Amy Farina (ex-Lois) who plays around and all over the melodies. She turns in some of the most impressive, and original drumming heard in a long time. Both bassist Juan Carrera (ex-Lois) and Mackaye trade off on lead vocals, Carerra's voice is warm and somewhat reminiscent of David Byrne while Mackaye's is higher and more raw, not unlike brother Ian's voice. You can't go wrong with a label that sells CDs for $9 ppd. The Warmers self titled cd is one of the best Dischord releases of all time. You will not be disappointed. Sadly the band recently called it quits.
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