Thursday, November 29, 2007

Reviews:: Construction & Destruction Homebodies

It would be so easy to run with the metaphor inspired by hearing this Nova Scotia two-piece was formed while rebuilding an old farm house in the rural, safe, beautiful area town known as Port Greville.

Reconstructing an old farmhouse has immense challenges, risks, and you are going to make a few mistakes trying to make that home exactly as you envision it and they same can be said about Homebodies. But at the end of the day you have something you love, full of emotion and experiences and when the light hits it right, you are amazed with the end result.

Construction & Destruction are David Trennaman and Colleen Collins and the co-ed team embraces the DIY aesthetic that used to define indie rock. Their songs are fragmented, simplistic and lest you think I'm knocking them down, I think that is fantastic!

Sure there are stumbles and tracks that might get lost on listeners, but the duo is flying along the right path. They don't use booming choruses and flood the stage with 20 people trying to achieve a sonic density. In fact, they are more likely to use only a simple guitar strum, a thrift store keyboard, minimal drums or an rubber band plucked bass line to form their sound.

The record - for a debut - is very ambitious. Fifteen songs and clocking in well over an hour opens the doors for some missteps and sames-y, but the promise of this band is obvious. Sleep in Fool is a lo-fi collection of drums, thick bass and simple electric guitar, but when it kicks in, you can't help but bounce along. The song uses simple lyrics, but hearing David say, "I've never felt sicker, let's make some stickers" just works for me.

The duo really plays well off each other, often using double tracked self-harmonies to beef up the co-ed vocals. On The Guest, David starts the song with some whispered vocals and guitar, but the sudden impact that hits around 1:25 in makes you stand up and take notice. It's the little flourishes and melodic tones that appear out of the sludge that is key in any lo-fi endeavor. First Day is really just Colleen's vocals and a simple, drum beat that pulses but that's all it takes to make this song crackle.

I could go through every song, but it's a lot of the same building blocks, just put together in different ways. A lot of Colleen's songs are keyboard notes (like the nice pump organ that hovers in the background of In From the Light) with her double tracked vocals, while a lot of David's use guitar and drums. The folky acoustic riff of The Sky is Too Blue is a nice change of pace as is the subtle melody of Frozen to the Phone and the surprisingly structured Thank You, but the majority of the record is sludgy noise or experimental pop, and I couldn't be more intrigued by where this band will end up. I'm not saying it's perfect, but this fix-er upper has to potential to be a house you would love to live in.
MP3:: Sleep in Fool
MP3:: Thank You


Posted at 2:34 PM by ack :: 1 comments

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At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Paul did sayeth:

My Sentiments exactly--a bit long winded with some mis-steps, but full of some damn fine tunes nonetheless. I only wish it hadn't taken me so long to get around to Homebodies. I guess I should've been checking the Hill more regularly in November!


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