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So Many Dynamos

So Many Dynamos: FlashlightsFlashlights (2006)
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My memory vaguely recalls So Many Dynamos playing slightly electro-tinged, heart-on-the-sleeve indie pop only a couple years ago. So you can imagine it was a bit surprising when, in a still-the-black-sheep slot opening for HORSE the Band in Brooklyn I watched the high-energy band thrash about wildly.
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My memory vaguely recalls So Many Dynamos playing slightly electro-tinged, heart-on-the-sleeve indie pop only a couple years ago. So you can imagine it was a bit surprising when, in a still-the-black-sheep slot opening for HORSE the Band in Brooklyn I watched the high-energy band thrash about wildly on stage to more intense, complex and completely bugged out indie pop/rock songs. Once I was settled into the spastic, compelling set, my full impression was that of...impressiveness, really.

So Many Dynamos' compatriot to their live show, their 2006 full-length Flashlights, is one of last year's overlooked gems. If you're looking for an album full of keyboard-induced, incredibly fun, quirky and creative indie pop/rock not unlike Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! and Dismemberment Plan, you'll hit the mark right here.

Opener "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" opens building subtly enough. Then, Flashlights' most memorable number, "Search Party" is next, and it's pushed along by a wacky, brass-fueled bridge and should have anyone chanting "there will be no search party for us" the rest of their day upon listening. "Progress" is rhythmic and stomping while Aaron Stovall's oddly robotic delivery -- Morrison, table of 4 -- complements the whole thing. With the early Motion City Soundtrack/Minus the Bear smashup "Home Is Where the Box Wine Is," you begin to realize just how hyperactive So Many Dynamos are, and it's a trait that stays fairly consistent throughout. However, "How High the Moon" offers a nice reprieve, until it picks up in the last minute of course.

Flashlights' second half isn't nearly as good, but it still has its moments. "We Vibrate, We Do" wields manic guitars and a repetitive, frantic chant of the song title, while "In Our Sleep" is a complex, multi-part creation replete with modest horns, interplaying guitars, and a softly sung chorus from a 30-member choir you can hear chattering amongst prior to their finishing delivery.

I've been meaning to obtain So Many Dynamos' music for a couple years now, so while it's funny that attempt has taken so long the band has undergone a fairly drastic stylistic makeover in that time (if I'm sane), I definitely don't mind the product I'm given. Flashlights is a surprise in more ways than one and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Anonymous (April 16, 2007)

i can't seem to find this CD anywhere in my local shops, but if its better than "When I Explode" I'm there!

Anonymous (April 14, 2007)

Oh my god guys! i got aaron stovall from this band's phone number! call him up and talk to him about the dismemberment plan and green day!!

(708) 638-5896

fuck dude!

Anonymous (April 14, 2007)

How dare you call dipshit "jokey"!?

Anonymous (April 14, 2007)

I can't believe someone mentioned Dipshit. Their drummer, Sean fucking Joyce, is a mad man. I goddamn mad man, I say!

Anonymous (April 13, 2007)

the drummer of this band is creepy
and a douchebag.
They were pretty good live
until the drummer ruined it for me.

Anonymous (April 13, 2007)

Sounding like the Dismemberment Plan is a good thing in this day and age.

Anonymous (April 13, 2007)

These guys are really good live. I went to school with the singer before he graduated...he was a cool guy and also played guitar in this jokey hardcore punk band called Dipshit...anyway I always thought these guys were better live than on CD

Archangel (April 13, 2007)

This band is great, they're a blast live, and everyone should get all of their material.

Oh they sound like the Dismemberment Plan... fucking cry about it.

youwinalemon (April 13, 2007)

Agreed. They really do sound exactly like Is Terrified-era D-Plan.

But I miss The D-Plan a whole lot, so I like this record pretty well.

maverick (April 13, 2007)

This sounds identical to the Dismemberment Plan, ca. !/Is Terrified. It's pretty good for a straight D Plan rip, but what's the point when you could just listen to the real thing?

-Scott

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