- Uncrated Distant Star
You Like to Swing on a Star?
their band name leaves much to be desired, Neck are an extremely
promising 'power trio' recording on the Teenage USA label
in Toronto, featuring Andrew McAllister on vocals and bass,
Dave Rodgers on guitar, and Paul Boddum on drums. Their sound
is very punk influenced, but very melodic at the same time,
McAllister's surprisingly gentle voice offsetting the layers
of guitar noise. This is somewhat reminiscent of the grittier
side of the Replacements, or the less gritty side of early
Husker Du. Fans of that particular sound will have a lot to
get excited about with Neck.
Distant Star is but a glimpse into what this band can
be capable of. "You Caught Me Daydreaming" is a hard-driving
look at the end of a relationship. "You Are Not Alone" is
psychedelic Monkees-gone-punk at breakneck speed. "Today's
Bride" is artsier, it seems to be about directing a home movie,
while "Projector Lamp" weaves the prettiest melody of the
album around some fairly abstract musings that are kind of
difficult to understand. The last two tracks, "Coup de Grace"
and "So Much for Pathos" lean more towards the 'shoegazer'
rock of the early '90s; think Ride, Lush, all those one-word
bands, which of course puts Neck in fairly appropriate company.
a problem with this band, it's their apparent inability to
stretch its fairly original ideas into full songs with any
sort of lasting meaning. None of Uncrated Distant Star's
seven songs lasts more than 2:17, and the entire CD clocks
in at just over twelve minutes. Maybe it isn't supposed to
be a full length release, but even so, Neck should get some
self-esteem, realize that they have something to say, and
take a few risks. It'll be interesting to see what they can
do with 45 minutes when and if it becomes time for an honest-to-goodness