"Inner El Camino" CD
Genre: indie rock, post punk
Traces of The Fall and The
Dismemberment Plan can be found in The Don'ts unique sound,
a band characterized by a mysterious, masked bassist named JJ Don't.
The Don'ts brandish a slick, modern sound that touches heavily
on post-punk ("Blahblahblah," "Tapping"), though eventually they go
for (their version of) a slow, pensive pop song ("AKA SOB", "I Get
Back Up"). Their lyrics are usually pretty scattered and outburst-y ("Blahblahblah"
and its dissertation on the trials of modern technological
convenience), channeled through expressive Joey Don't's
hyper-vocals. You gotta dig songs like "Worldview" and "Plastic We All
Are", which combine excited dramatics with the type of melodic power
that keeps you humming all night. Effective use of horns, violin, and
keyboard keep things dynamic and interesting. While Inner El Camino
has a few weaker songs ("Believe?", "Motherfather"), it still manages
to delight with its combination of melody and spastic tension.
[Vitals: 13 tracks,
released Jan 30 2007]