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The Germans – Cape Fear

Toronto-based, non-Deutschen boys The Germans have released a loud fuzzy guitar rock album called Cape Fear. This album consists of music that is a tribute to bands like Sonic Youth, Modest Mouse, and Dinosaur Jr. The only problem is that these bands haven’t even really gone out of style yet. And correct me if I’m wrong, but the only surefire way to re-invent a musical wheel is to make sure that the wheel has been in the shop for a while.


What we have here is yet another lo-fi indie rock record made by young guys simply doing what they love to do. While they do manage to utilize some spiffed up keyboards and samples with fuzzy guitars, I find their true talent shines towards the end of the record.

I skip ahead to “Pogos Abentever” because it has a cool name and it turns out that this and “M Bison” both embrace Nintendo math rock awesomeness, with high speed video game enthusiasm and electro-radical melody lines. The press release instructs me to listen to “I Am the Teacher,” and to tell them that I can’t stop dancing. Well, I can’t really do that because I never started dancing to begin with!

While I still can’t figure out why a bunch of Canadians named themselves after Deutschland, I suppose it doesn’t really matter because they released a record anyways. If you’re into Pavement, Built to Spill, etc. check these guys out, because they are so hot right now.


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