Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Reviews:: The Disraelis Demonstration

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On the surface, The Disraelis seem like a band I should hate - and to be fair, I'm sure some will. The name (which is taken from the founder of the British Conservative Party), the look, the faux-anglo vocals; they sort of remind you of that dude in high school that used Brit slang and had girls following him around the halls. Like that guy, the band oozes confidence and the thing is, the music scene needs a few more bands like The Disraelis.

Now, I've never met the guys - and they could be the nicest blokes in the world - but on first glance, they give off that vibe of a cock sure outfit that would walk past a fan looking for an autograph, refusing to piss on someone who was on fire and really, thank god. In an time where delicate lap steep is tucked in every crevice and polite enough for afternoon tea collectives soak up the limelight using instruments like the glockenspiel, omnichord and ukulele, more big reverbed-soaked, shimmering guitar lines and some attitude are what this party needs.

And to be completely fair to this Toronto based band, they actually strip out all of the bullshit, refusing to let a banged out synth line be the vital player in their post-punk/shoegaze anthems. Thanks in large to Cameron's deadpanned, melancholic delivery, Mike's straight ahead drumming and Colin's Smiths/Stone Roses influenced guitar style, they forge a melodic sound with just the right amount of psychedelic haze to thicken up the mix.

Demonstration could have taken decades to make; the lush tones, perfect drum sound and a gritty haze that is often lost in today's world sound terrific, but the 5-songs never seem over polished. At times, you'd swear there are three guitarists crammed into the booth, but if you listen close, you realize they never lose the clarity of the three instruments or clutter up the sound with superfluous textures and elements. The Bitter Ash opens up with Colin's simple guitar work, but the drum, bass and vocals come in quickly. What makes the track is the way Cameron's vocals trail off at the end of each line, almost like he doesn't care enough to finish them off.

The next four songs follow suit with equally successful results (although none of the songs blend into the sames-y routine that sinks a lot of new shoegaze acts), the standout being the chaotic Distance - a track that bubbles over and lets the band surge forward, thanks in large part to some backing vocals and Barnes attacking the skins. Demonstration lets you know that this trio is on the right path and although they aren't all the way there yet, when it all clicks, this band could be huge.

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