steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Poor Luther's Bones

"So That The World May Sing Far Away Music, Honky" CDR


Genres: indie rock, psych-rock

May 5 - 11 2003

Though definitely not without its problems, Poor Luther's Bones' So That The World May Sing Far Away Music, Honky is a fun and genuinely diy-minded romp through indie rock territory with an eye for psychedelic and progressive influences.

The main problem with So That The World... is a lack of that type of impassioned excitement that we've come to expect from rock bands.  I'm not saying that bands have to sound like they're clutching desperately to every guitar chord, but there should at least be something there.  On many of this album's tracks, Poor Luther's Bones' singer Garth Forsyth sounds entirely apathetic - and not in that hipster too-cool-for-you way that we've all come to (pretend we) love.

Anyhow, with that aside, there's still a lot to like here.  The opener "Walking Time Bomb" is a creepy, minor-key wave of crunchy sound that, although poorly-recorded, is surprisingly enjoyable.  "Vipers" is similar, except with more energy and a bit more enthusiasm in the vocals; spacey guitarwork also opens up a whole new dimension to the listener.  Meanwhile, the eerie "Night Garden" is enough to give you chronic nightmares.

This is a good CDR, but it has it's problems.  Once Poor Luther's Bones muster up some enthusiasm, they could be a musical force to be reckoned with.  And I want to be there to see it happen.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 15 songs, distributed by the label, released 2002]