- Seeing Stars
They Are Not... Thank God
British yes, Oasis
no. Thank God for that one. I don't know about you,
but I am getting really sick of the wannabe Beatles sound
coming from Britain these days. Luckily, this band is
not so quick to follow in the tracks of others. Their
original sound, paired with their rich lyrics makes Plastiscene
one of the bands to watch out for in '98.
is the first full-length album from Plastiscene - they previously
released a self-titled EP in 1997 which received quite a bit
of play on college radio stations. Their sound is a
mix of acoustic guitars, distorted electric guitar, keyboards,
organ, and trippy vocals. The band mixes all of these
instruments to make a fairly original sound. Other
critics have described their sound as a mix of Radiohead and
the Smashing Pumpkins, however I tend to disagree. To
me, Plastiscene is more a mix of 60's era psychedelica and
90's rock - almost a blend of Space Monkeys and Kula Shaker.
The songs on the
album vary in styles. Songs such as the opener "Sundial"
showcase the band's talent for mixing all their influences
into one luscious sound. It has all the makings of great
music, with the delicious vocals, catchy guitar riffs, and
the organs and keyboards to give it that personal touch.
Others such as "Lemon Yellow" (which was featured
on the BASEketball
soundtrack) delve into the past while holding a firm grip
on the present, all to make up what is a possible musical
future. The use of the Hammond B-3 is quite pronounced,
and it gives the album an undergound, laid back groove feel.
not only about the psychedelic rock style though. Other
songs such as "Big Wheel" venture into the lighter,
slower pop sound. The only complaint I have about this
song is in the opening riff - it sounds strangely familiar,
they didn't rip it off from the Smashing Pumpkin's "Today"
(Siamese Dream), did they?
If you are a fan
of Brit-Pop, check out the band. If you are a fan of
the psychedelic 60's sound, check out the CD too. What
is that? You like the 90s alternative sound? Well,
then check out the CD. Hell, just check it out if you
know how to turn on your CD player and put in a disc.
The worst that can happen is that you won't like it - and
if that is the case, I know plenty of people who would love
to take it off of your hands. (Hey, Tommy even liked
it, and he is the big rap man around here).
4.0 out of