by I Was Totally Destroying It

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On Preludes, I Was Totally Destroying It certainly try to live up to their name in some shape or form: singing "Me against the world" and relying on a big, chunky rock riff for the opening song certainly shows they're not ones to shy away from anthems. John Booker isn't cut out for rough-voiced rabble rousing as much as cleaner (if sometimes strained) vocals, while Rachel Hirsh's own lead vocals have a similar feeling emotionally, but are just that much stronger in impact on the technical level to provide an often compelling balance. There's also a funny sense of how much the music sounds like it could have been U.K. indie just pre-Nirvana; it's cheery but still a bit clean, mixed with the continuing impact of new wave hyperactivity as translated by the 21st century. (Something about the keyboards and guitars suggests late-'80s Cure.) Big choruses and a sense that they really mean it crop up constantly, and it's all very passionate in its own way. Demi-ballads like "All Get Lucky" and "Fight/Flight" provide a contrast to the full-on brawlers like "Twenty-Thousand," the album's strongest track. There's something that feels just a little off about the album regardless -- perhaps the way things sound pitched toward the high end in the mix -- and there's a sense that Preludes feels more like a coda than a start. Then again, the band seems not to want it any other way.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2011
Label: Greyday Productions
UPC: 0619981316026
catalogNumber: 48
Rank: 250182

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Performance Credits

I Was Totally Destroying It   Primary Artist
David Garfield   Saxophone
Mitchell Marlow   Guitar
James Hepler   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Rachel Hirsh   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Curtis Armstead   Guitar,Group Member
Hank Pellerin   Trombone
John Booker   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Joe Mazzitelli   Bass,Group Member
Jeff Herrick   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Mitchell Marlow   Engineer
Todd Berry   Layout
I Was Totally Destroying It   Composer,Producer
Rachel Hirsh   Composer
Jacob   Engineer
John Booker   Composer,Layout
Joe Mazzitelli   Layout
Olafur Eliasson   Cover Art

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