Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Electric Noise Act

So today's story is on The Electric Noise Act, a quartet specializing is '60s garage rock and lo-fi. Think of a mix between two or three of the other "The" bands; like The Strokes with pinches of The White Stripes and The Vines thrown in. However you want to mix it though, The Electric Noise Act produces a sound that's very unique. So unique, in fact, I couldn't decide if I liked it or hated it. But that's how you know something's great: it's different. It's easy to find something that sounds like everything else and say you like it because of that. But it's very difficult to find something so different you think you might hate it even as you're realizing you love it.
Comprised of Jared Horner (guitar and vocals), Michael Lane (guitar), Sebastian Coppotelli (bass), and Matt Potter (drums and percussion), TENA delivers driving bass lines, a sloppy-yet-catchy drum and cymbal beat, and dirty, almost Mudhoney-like guitar licks. Separately these could be things that might ruin bands if they don't know how to put them together properly, but here it works perfectly. I LOVE the beginning guitar lick and snare beat on "Street 103." It just GRABS you. If anything, listen to this song first. By far the best in my opinion. But that's not to say the others are bad. I also love the rhythmic bass line on "I'm the Only One for Me," and the quirky guitar chords on "FM Frequency." Besides that, the songs are pervaded by the lo-fi, minimalist, White Stripes-esque drumming of Potter, who compliments Coppotelli's bass, and Horner's and Lane's guitars extremely well. And on top of it, Horner's indie-style vocals just make this group a must-here. If you like anything White Stripes-like, indie, or pertaining to the garage rock genre, check out this Connecticut quartet. They won't be ignored.

Sounds Like: The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Vines, The Posies

Key Tracks: "Street 103," "FM Frequency," "I'm the Only One for Me"

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