Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Polvo- Heavy Detour 7"

2009 live recording of classic Polvo track from their 1993 record Today's Active Lifestyles.

Polvo were indie stalwarts from Chapel Hill, NC who flew the noise rock flag while grunge was dominating the music scene of the early 90's. They specialized in angular, guitar-driven instrumentals that bridged the gap between indie and math-rock. Although they never received much acclaim during their heyday they are nonetheless heralded as an influence on a lot of later bands. After a successful reunion in 2009, including a new record, In Prism, and tour, Polvo have entered the studio with legendary indie musician/producer Mitch Easter to record a new record, releasing this taster 7 inch in advance of it. Age and Easter's slick production have softened Polvo's hard edges, vocals are now prominent, which is not a good thing because vocals were always the weakest part of the Polvo's repertoire. However, Easter nurtures the band's muscular melodies, infusing the songs with his trademark Southern rock sound. It's a mixed bag, but knowing that Polvo is alive and kicking again is reward enough.

Buy this record if you like your eggs sunny side up but don't mind a plate of scrambled.


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