Genres: indie pop, indie rock
PO Box 19401
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Mar 17 - 23 2003
Boxed is a pretty important release for Cincinnati indie label
Datawaslost Records. Not only is it a beautifully designed
album, but it's also an actual CD release (a rare departure for the
Datawaslost folks, who usually specialize in CDRs). But is it
Well, yes. No surprise twist turns here; none of that
"Well it's gotta be pretty good then, right? NO."
stuff. This is a straightforward, fun album that will get
any indie pop fan lovin' life to the fullest. With their Sebadoh
and Pavement influences firmly in tow, and a zest for recording
carefree, playful college-road-trip pop numbers, Swissfarlo are
already indie rock legends in the making. Over the twelve songs
on Boxed we're confronted with noisy guitar rock ("Her
Life's Been Copied," "Expect Finer"), low-key folky
stuff ("Roman Candle, "And I Digress"), and sugary
candy-pop ("Oh No," "2nd or 3rd"). You know,
everything that the discerning college rock snob in you likes.
While a few songs fall flat ("Proline" comes to mind...), on
the majority these are very good tunes. A few, like "Cans
For Money" and "And I Digress" can even be considered
All in all, Boxed is recommended to anyone with a heart to
beat and a mouth to hum.
Fun Fact: Datawaslost members are
also involved in numerous other Cincinnati outfits, including Gossett,
Post-Haste, Structure Factor 8, Velcro One, and others.
12 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2002]