steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion

Seneca Laines

Self-Titled CDEP

Telekinetica Records

Genre: indie rock

Jun 23 - 29 2003

Out of Rochester, NY comes an all new indie rock band featuring two members, S. Laines and C. Kleport.  The music is simple guitar, drums, and vocals stuff, alright although nothing original.

The band's sound is best summed up by "Don't Let It Be," a dark, grungy number with a catchy yet imperfect melody.  Indie rockers will enjoy its moody, powerful sound that recalls Jawbox, Slint, and other early greats, but might yearn for something a bit more inventive.  The rest of the disc follows the same flow, for better or for worse.  Tracks like "Mbif" and "Open Chair" use the formula to good effect, whereas "The Black Arts Revisited" and "Never a Lender" suffer a less successful fate.

This is an okay EP, but Seneca Laines will want to add some more melody and rearrange their formula for the next release.  Promising.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 songs, distributed by the band, released 2002]