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Cattle Drums

Cattle Drums: The Boy Kisser SessionsThe Boy Kisser Sessions (2010)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Cattle Drums' The Boy Kisser Sessions is a five-song EP that will not settle for a second, and it's all part of its charm and impression. The way opener "New Furniture and Wigs" comes in, you're going to expect maybe some bluesy, southern-type folk-punk. But that's not at all what ensues (you sor.


Cattle Drums' The Boy Kisser Sessions is a five-song EP that will not settle for a second, and it's all part of its charm and impression.

The way opener "New Furniture and Wigs" comes in, you're going to expect maybe some bluesy, southern-type folk-punk. But that's not at all what ensues (you sort of get that later on closer "Two Pigeons"), as looser, seemingly Dischord-influenced post-hardcore shouts--very clean, melodic ones, though--come over a dizzying banjo line. Pretty sure it's a banjo, anyway. It works, though, in a schizophrenic pop-punk way.

"Who Punched Pat Moore's Face" continues these ideas with a spazzier Menzingers-type vibe, but "Bovrg the Nag"? With its downbeat tension, there's a bit of a La Dispute feeling there.

However, the EP's best is "Sluts and Coconuts," hands down. It goes on a punky power-pop bend with super loose, earnestly yelped vocals all over the track's otherwise controlled, measured flow. There's some '90s emo noodles, a big, stomping chorus, and the beginning of it reminds me of Nada Surf's "Popular," oddly enough.

I can't quite be certain what Cattle Drums are going for on this EP, nor can I say they're there. But it's some of the more wildly unpredictable and yet melodic stuff I've heard all year and it's got promise written all over it.

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RisingTide (February 10, 2011)

so good

blackwithsap (October 11, 2010)

I wrote a review for this too and mentioned Nada Surf's "Popular," as well, prior to seeing your review here. I'm glad the feeling was shared.

PrivateRadio (October 1, 2010)

Top notch stuff here.

kiddynamike (October 1, 2010)

This EP is one of my favorite things ever.

Blackjaw_ (October 1, 2010)

(that song was "Sluts and Coconuts", which you say is the best. hopefully the rest isn't too far behind)

Blackjaw_ (October 1, 2010)

Wow, just heard a song on their page and it was friggin' great. ord'rin now

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