"On a Lake of Dead Trees"
Records / No Karma Recordings
Genres: indie rock, math rock
5248 Bancroft #B
St. Louis MO 63109
May 12 - 18 2003
listen: First impression: File under: raucous, guitar-heavy /
heavy-guitar indie rock. After a brief stint with Interscope
(that's a major label, in case ya weren't aware) that saw the release
of their debut album, About Tomorrow's Mileage, Traindodge
has shot back onto the scene with their sophomore full-length, On a
Lake of Dead Trees, courtesy of St. Louis independent label
Ascetic Records. And if energy, power, and all around rock
terror are on your Amazon-style indie rock wish-list, then you can't
really go wrong here.
Influenced by the sharp-edged rock of Jawbox and Fugazi,
and with a sound similar to that of modern-day rockers like Toronto's Bionic
and a more wind-damaged Q and not U, this is the type of rock
music that perfectly runs the border of hard rock and melodic accessibility. Some songs, like "Beckon
the Inferno" and "The Unlikely Runaway" go
straight for the guttural with a full-on explosive rock attack.
Others, like "The Anecdote" and the complex "The Visit"
more varied, thoughtful approach. Often, like in the intricate,
intertwined guitar melodies and percussion rhythms of
"Knuckles" and "Rusted Lincoln," the music
approaches math rock territory, which they pull of surprisingly well.
This combination of sounds, which are varied yet still all relatively
homogeneous, works quite well to keep On A Lake Of Dead Trees
All in all, On a Lake of Dead Trees is a Jawbox-inspired,
semi-math rock outing by a relatively new band; it may not be
ultra-deep or artistic, but boy is it fun.
15 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2003]