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Eisenhower Field Day

"Let's Not Tell Lies / One Time in the Colonies" CD

Lesser Note Records

Genre: indie rock, power pop

May 2007

local power pop out of indianapolis, indiana. these folks take after superchunk, the weakerthans, et al. collected here is their new let's not tell lies album as well as their previous our time in the colonies ep. double value! in both the vocals and the guitars, this just reeks superchunk, lending the album a mid-90s essence that is not at all unwelcome. i admire the energy and love for melody they exhibit on this disc, whose main knock is letting some of the songs get a bit longer than they need to be. these sorts of poppy indie rock songs need not extend past three and a half minutes too often, or they run the risk of becoming stale. this is especially crucial given the disc's relatively homogeneous sound, which might lead listeners' attentions astray. with that said, though, the eisenhower field day folks seem to have a good grasp on the ol' pop melody, and many of the songs on this disc have the potential to get a permanent spot in your head.

efd's myspace


Memory Lane: music video for superchunk's "hyper enough"

Fun Fact: Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, "was a 4 pack a day Camel cigarette smoker" (Wikipedia)

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 17 tracks, 74:14, distributed by the label, released Oct 3 2006]