steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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thebrotherkite / Vaguely Starshaped


Losing Blueprint

Genres: drone, experimental, audio collage

PO Box 3462
Omaha NE 68103

May 5 - 11 2003

Awhile back I had the pleasure of reviewing CDRs by both thebrotherkite and Vaguely Starshaped.  Personally, I liked thebrotherkite's sound most, although I thought that Vaguely Starshaped had a lot of potential.  At the time I felt that both bands could become the next big indie outfits in time, if given the chance.

Well, here they are together on one delicious slab of vinyl... mmmm!  Side A houses one track by thebrotherkite, "Misery Walk."  Now, this is the side I expected the most from.  tbk play a fantastic sort of melodic noise rock that comes at you with crashing walls of guitars and irresistible melodies.  This song is no exception - one listen should get any indie rock fan hooked.  I am SO looking forward to their debut album.

Vaguely Starshaped populate the grooves of side B.  They have a more youthful, uppity sound, one that didn't work all the time on their debut CDR.  But they seem to have really perfected their craft on this 7", and their contribution, "Pretty Early," is a funky, energetic slice of indie rock that is as catchy as all heck.  Everything about it, from the young, almost-emo-but-not vocals to the ultra-tuneful guitars, is very well-done.  If this is the direction that Vaguely Starshaped are heading, then my ears have been permanently pricked.

Scenesters, listen up - this split-7" could mark the entrance of two fantastic new bands into the international indie rock arena.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 2 songs, distributed by the label, released 2003]