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Settlefish: Dance a While, UpsetDance a While, Upset (2003)
Deep Elm Records
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: maverickScott
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Back in March, I attended Deep Elm's Too Young To Die Tour. The label made it a family affair, with 5 of their bands making the cross country trek. One of their newest signings, Italy's Settlefish, was a part of the tour. Going into the venue, I had no knowledge of the band whatsoever, as their a.
Back in March, I attended Deep Elm's Too Young To Die Tour. The label made it a family affair, with 5 of their bands making the cross country trek. One of their newest signings, Italy's Settlefish, was a part of the tour. Going into the venue, I had no knowledge of the band whatsoever, as their album had not been released at the time. Their live set was one of confusion for me: they played roughly 6 or 7 songs, the first 3 or 4 of which I completely hated. The band's sound was one of disjointed guitar and drums mixed with nonsensical lyrics - a sort of bad, post-rock version of American Football. Nothing jived at all. Then something changed. The last three songs the group played completely redeemed themselves to me, and rocked me senseless. The final track of the night was a simplistic jam with a heavily repeated bassline and thumping drums mixed with effects-heavy guitar and fiercely spat vocals. Very few times has a band turned me off so early on and yet made a comeback only thirty minutes later. Settlefish was the ultimate dark horse, and I looked forward to hearing their debut album.
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