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Noisedotcom: Live And Raw (EP)

Georgia's Noisedotcom is slowly making a name for itself in the Atlanta art rock scene. They've been getting some positive feedback on their ever-improving live performances, and are getting ready to put together their first full length disc. Live And Raw is a 5 track EP specially distributed to whet our appetites until a record deal can be completely ironed out. It's my great pleasure to bring you this unique review in hopes of piquing your interest in an up-and-coming band.

The disc begins with HeddaLettuce apparently named after the opening keyboard riff. This is a well crafted number where the guitar and keyboards counterpoint over a complex beat.The track takes an interesting twist around 3 minutes in ; featuring some tasty guitar work from Sean Tonar, before returning to our "HeaddaLetuce" opening keyboard line.

Slinky increases the complexity to another level, as it features moments where all band members seem to be exploring their own territory, yet the track remains very tight and cohesive.Great semi-acoustic guitar strumming lends the track a slightly exotic flavor.In fact, the band is unafraid to mix various styles and sounds; meshing them into a distinct Noisedotcom sound.

Legacy follows suit. This one's a punchy number lead by a powerful bass line courtesy of John Christopher. As with the previous tracks, this one knows how to breathe as softer passages are infused, giving the more raucous moments an added thrust.

Track number 4 is titled Brick. It begins with a hypnotic rythym, lending the piece a definite Eastern flavor.Another number to showcase an array of textures as the guitar shifts from crunchy power chords,to softer strumming. An excercise in restraint, the song seems to bubble at the surface but never explodes until the closing segment which kicks it up a notch.

The closing Daja slowly builds up steam as the mesmerizing opening lines grow in intensity before coming to a head, and slowly unravelling to a lone guitar passage.We're then thrown in another direction as the tempo changes.The closing section of this song features the band at it's finest. All members shine, as they showcase their chops as well as compositional skills; with honorable mentions going to drummer Mike Geeslin's solid bottom end,which cements the track firmly.

Very promising EP ! If this is what this band sounds like Live And Raw, a polished finished product should garner this quintet some well-deserved props. Impressive debut.

Added: May 4th 2004
Reviewer: Yves Dubé
Related Link: Noisedotcom Website
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