Jeff Moody
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The Heavyweight Gary

The Gary's "Remains" is a dark, heavyweight rock and roll record that invites all sorts of comparisons.

By - Sep 22nd, 2012 04:00 am
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The Gary’s Remains is a dark, heavyweight rock (and roll) record that invites all sorts of comparisons, and I’m gonna just go with ‘em, rather than take you on a thousand word dance marathon.

Jawbox – Singer and apparent bass tormentor Dave Norwood has a vocal pitch that brings J. Robbins of Atlantic-era Jawbox to mind, ‘tho The Gary feels more ominous than the Jawbox of that time.

My Disco – The Gary’s angles aren’t as sharp as what you’ll find poking out of a My Disco recording, but they share that sense of impending darkness. Also, Norwood’s intonation stands apart from My Disco’s Liam Andrews’ in that Norwood sounds like he isn’t still in bed when he sings. Weary perhaps, but nowhere near lethargy.

Mission Of Burma – Simply in terms of overall sonic ascetic, The Gary bears the strongest similarity to MOB. Some people in certain metro areas of Texas have recently witnessed this, as the two bands have shared some tour dates down that way.

Big Dipper – Everybody is sounding like Big Dipper to me lately, even Frankie Ocean. Just kidding. Everybody but Frankie Ocean.

The A Frames – In terms of minimalist tonality, especially in the clanging bass department, The A Frames came to mind for a second, particularity in the opening bashing chords of “Innocent Bystander,” a standout track on an elpee that’s full of standout tracks.

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