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The Cave-Ins
Gridfarce By Lamplight (Omnibus)

By: Cam Lindsay

San Francisco's The Cave-Ins actually do really sound like Television. Though it was The Strokes that received a truckload of attention for their NYC Cool sound, they never and still don't sound anything like Tom Verlaine's band. Gridfarce By Lamplight is what Marquee Moon must have sounded like back in 1977. Though it can't be considered very fresh or original, this record is a fantastic, similar take on Television's creatively slow not-punk-but-what-else-do-you-call-it sound. There are some other obvious influences on this record like Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers and The Beach Boys, and that just makes it stronger. Gridfarce sounds so lethargic and unenthusiastic that it's a completely spectacular piece of music to hear. The singing sounds like they couldn't be arsed, the organs sound like they're dying and the handclaps sound half asleep. "Mystic Mayo" appears to be The Velvet Underground's long lost classic (complete with an exact Lou Reed impersonation on the mic) and "Bring It Down" appears to be the same, another lost VU classic. Don't let the inspirations discourage you, The Cave-Ins are the next great band in the U.S. waiting to be discovered, and you should already know them by now. A.
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