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Slates

Slates: Slates [12-inch]Slates [12-inch] (2009)
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Slates' self-titled 12" begins with a playful little riff and fill, and then busts into a heavily jangled, awesome, somewhat raw alternative pop-rock song right out of the '90s. The hook is instantly memorable, and the track chugs along with a strained melody somewhere between Dinosaur Jr. and whene.
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Slates' self-titled 12" begins with a playful little riff and fill, and then busts into a heavily jangled, awesome, somewhat raw alternative pop-rock song right out of the '90s. The hook is instantly memorable, and the track chugs along with a strained melody somewhere between Dinosaur Jr. and whenever Seaweed sound happy.

By the third track, a new comparison has emerged: the Riot Before. Raspy vocals and a quasi folk punk vibe has invaded the scene, and it adds a new flavor to Slates. It's more than likely a coincidence, but either way, it works, although Slates admittedly have much more restraint in their approach.

There's generally a feel-good vibe running through the album, and it continues with early cuts like "Best Scars" and even the more sneering "Vacant Lot". While the album fills out pretty well at 14 tracks and nearly 39 minutes, it still feels rather breezy, and in the second half, things get pleasantly weird every so often. "Coffin Ships" is moved along with a certain taut energy, while "One U Want" opens with a surprisingly noisy dirge, just for the hell of it.

This is a cool album with vague shades of originality and similarities spanning the board.

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Zestboy (October 28, 2013)

I wonder why there's no review for the even better lp prairie fires.
but who understands punknews.org and consorts...

dumdrummer (June 17, 2011)

I'm a meme! I'm off to see this band right now. brb.

kelly_d (June 17, 2011)

In before Mat Holington blows his load.

the_ken_chin_imposter (June 17, 2011)

Their new record comes out tomorrow and is even better! Listen to this one first though, it's top shelf!

Ravnos (June 17, 2011)

Interesting to see this get posted today, since the release party for their newest release, "Prairie Fires", is tomorrow in Edmonton. Good band, and they seem like nice guys, which is apparently super important to Punknews posters.

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