Danger - Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?
Coming to Get Me
"I'm on a
private helicopter with my favorite ex-girlfriend".
Interesting lyrics. Interesting band. How about "Hear
the voices in my head, I swear to God it sounds like their
snoring". Kind of twisted, not too much, but still
a bit out there.
Where Have all
the Merrymakers Gone? is Harvey Danger's first album.
Considering they are just another alternative rock band, this
is a pretty good album. Sean Nelson has an interesting
voice, and the album sounds rough and underproduced.
There is not too
much to say about the album except that it is nothing new
to squawk about. Harvey Danger is not treading on new
grounds with their Nirvana meets Matchbox 20 sound.
We have heard it all before. Not to say there is anything
wrong with the album, it just does not have the originality
to stand out from the crowd. Their sound is fairly similar
to that of other newcomers such as Atheneum or Eve 6.
They are all good bands, but that is it - good, not great.
I know every one
of you has already heard rock bands with guitar, bass, and
drums. Classic stuff here, with an off-key voice.
Sean Nelson does not sound like your classic vocalist.
His voice is not bad, far from it. I think the voice
is one of the things that sets the band apart from others.
That and the lyrics. And this band has some strange
lyrics. Their current single "Flagpole Sitta"
comes from an offbeat/nonmainstream kind of mind. "They
cut of my legs now I'm an amputee, God damn you."
and "I'm not sick but I'm not well". Very
pop-rock. They appeal to the alternative style of thinking,
which is what makes this band sell. Let's face it, alternative
people like to think they are different. The lyrics
to this band are different. Their style is a little
different. Fans of alternative rock should pick it up.
Or if you like a pop sound, check it out too.
of the ferocity and iconoclasm of Sonic Youth to the tender,
ragged craftiness of Sebadoh."
Have All the Merrymakers Gone?
3.5 out of