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The Frenetics

The Frenetics: Grey Veins to the Parking LotGrey Veins to the Parking Lot (2004)
Union Label Group

Reviewer Rating: 4


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The Frenetics continue to impress with Grey Veins to the Parking Lot, the follow up full length to 2001's These Mistakes Took Years of Practice. The Montreal three piece continues to be difficult to categorize. Their sound is a reconstruction of a number of familiar devices and styles, combined and .
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The Frenetics continue to impress with Grey Veins to the Parking Lot, the follow up full length to 2001's These Mistakes Took Years of Practice. The Montreal three piece continues to be difficult to categorize. Their sound is a reconstruction of a number of familiar devices and styles, combined and assimilated to create something that stands independent of all of them.

The Union's press has used the term "punk/pop" but that description really needs context to hold up. The well of pop the band's drawing from runs somewhere from 60s mod to early agitated Elvis Costello / Joe Jackson style new wave. It's appealing and catchy but in no way artificial or "safe." In fact the band's heir to a certain brand of nervous energy not unlike many of the late 70s Buzzcocks singles. It's at times similar in feel to some of Ted Leo's work, albeit far darker. Malcolm Bauld's vocals sound much more confident and comfortable than on These Mistakes... and he soars on some of these tracks with more force and conviction than I was expecting. New bassist Alex Seliger really shines on the record. His bass lines brood and bubble as a counter to Bauld's high vocals. In fact the rhythm section, along with drummer Anne Gauthier, sounds absolutely earthshaking on tracks like "If You Are What You Want" and "I Can't Even Say Goodnight."

I'm sure part of the credit goes to producers Andy Magoffin and Marc-Andre Beaudet. Magoffin's share of recordings share the same incredible sense of space he displayed on the first Constantines record and it's follow up EP. To the album's benefit both producers have recorded very organic sounding tracks that perfectly suit the band's style. Winnipeg singer/songwriter Greg MacPherson, with whom The Frenetics share certain spirt, guests on a number of songs, notably "The Bitter Years." Members of Union labelmates The Planet Smashers contribute some very tasteful brass to the epic "Running Up."

This is pensive, deeply rooted and distinctively Canadian indie rock / punk. Grey Veins to the Parking Lot is immensely enjoyable, something that may not yield a hit single but taken as a whole is a record that you can lose yourself in.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 30, 2004)

I loved the song roof tops and the name of the last cd

Anonymous (May 30, 2004)

I am pleasantly surprised to see a review of such a great, but somewhat unknown, band. They are indeed one of the best acts from Montreal, and I agree that they are hard to classify. But this shouldn't discourage anyone from checking them out. There are some real good mp3s on their site. I saw them with Ted Leo without ever having heard them and they were excellent.

Anonymous (May 27, 2004)

This shit rock

Anonymous (May 26, 2004)

I saw the Frenetics a couple of years ago at the old Liquid Lounge in Edmonton. They were really rad. I had completely forgot about them since, but I can't wait to see them again now that their coming back on tour next month.
This album sounds really good too. What ever it is, these guys and gal have got it.

Anonymous (May 26, 2004)

Montreal's best band. Sometimes you wonder why great bands with great songs like them don't get the recognition they deserve...
oh well i guess RUFIO deserves better.

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

tres bon cd , les frenetics torche des cue

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

I care.... this band is probably the best rock act of Montreal, maybe the best one in Canada!!!

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

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