Genres: indie rock, hard rock
Nov 29 - Dec 5 2004
A few listens down the line, and I'm still not hooked by Burning
Idols. Their brand of female-fronted indie rock is filled
with attitude and angularity, but it doesn't exactly lend itself to
catchiness or listenability. The band rarely hits upon a good
hook, but instead relies on dark atmospheres and guitar power.
The standouts on this self-titled album are "Zero" and
"Bitter End", though ultimately all of these songs sound
rather alike. Burning Idols play hard rock combined with an indie rock mentality,
like Archers of Loaf or Sebadoh crossed with your
average high school metal cover band. Many of the songs
("Zero," "La Vida") have a strong Drive Like
Jehu / Slint presence, which is pretty successful.
Unfortunately, many of the songs ("Holy War,"
"Rocket") become tiresome due to a lack of melody.
Ultimately, this is a solid local release from a new band playing
fem-fronted indie rock. There's much better stuff out there, but
supporting these folks is worth it if you're looking for something
solid if unspectacular.
Fun Fact: Burning Idols' drummer was
recruited through an internet ad. Apparently those things
work... Also, this CD came with a really nice t-shirt, so cheers
10 tracks, distributed by the
band, released 2003]