Those wily whippersnappers over at Pitchfork have dubbed yet another indie buzz band with their "artist to watch" label. This time around it is Staten Island rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars, masters of the ancient, time-honored tradition known as the art of "using a sentence as our band name." All sarcasm aside, the band is deserving of the label, even though Pitchfork has been known to suggest their fair share of stinkers (yeah, you, Fiery Furnaces and Bonnie "Prince" Billy). Cymbals Eat Guitars (CEG) bring tons of innovation and a fresh sound to the indie genre that seems to be redone every three months. Their sound deserves attention, as evidenced on their tight, rollicking new album Why There Are Mountains.
Taking a stroll to CEG's MySpace will instantly turn you onto why the band is so astute at what they do best -- crunchy, cascading rock. Their sound is instantly likable, as evidenced by the opening track off Mountains "And the Hazy Sea." I generally don't start sentences with the word "and," but -- then again -- I don't rock nearly as hard as CEG, so they can name their songs whatever the hell they want to. For fuck's sake, the lead singer's name is Joseph Ferocious -- why hasn't anyone thought of this completely rad pairing before? His name alone should make the band totally amazing, and it does. In spite of his boring, sometimes whiny indie-rock yelping, Ferocious manages to keep the album as cohesive as can be. The band is not afraid to slow it down ("Share," "What Dogs See"), and when they do, CEG manages to jazz it up once again, giving fans that much needed indie rock fix.
So come drink the Kool-Aid with me and give CEG a whirl. Pitchfork is right on about these dudes, and I must give credit where credit is due.
Why There Are Mountains is out now. The band self-released the album (probably just to prove how badass they really are) and it is available, ever so convienently, on iTunes.
Cymbals Eat Guitars' MySpace page can be found here.
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Read Pitchfork's take on Why There Are Mountains here (it's an album review, not some scientific debate about continental drift and tectonic plates).