February 13, 2003

Test Spin: love&death

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I have no idea what the term “garage-rock” means. In fact, I have no idea what most genre labels nowadays mean. There are simply too many to keep track of, but if The Sun are garage-rock, well then, I guess I like it.

Strange as it may be to say, the most endearing part of The Sun’s six-song EP, love&death, is the elated scream that introduces the first song, “Fell So Hard.” It isn’t a low-register, hardcore growl, though it gave me sympathy vocal-chord pains all the same, but called up a certain nostalgia for old-time alt-rock that owed more to Led Zeppelin than Blink 182.

The music on love&death, all 17 minutes and 49 seconds of it, mixes together old-fashioned rock riffs with playful, danceable beats, and even a few electronic-y sounding noises. “Back in the Summer Of” sounds like The White Stripes hit an organ with their car and dragged it back to use in the studio. The album closes with the acoustic, almost folky, “Eyelids Apart.”

Granted, The Sun’s sound isn’t necessarily the most original in the world, but they do it well enough and with enough interesting twists to make it sound refreshing. If The Sun are garage-rock, count me in.

Archived article by Thea Brown