So this is going to be a short review because I’m kind of slackin/chillaxin at the moment. I heard about a band from Murfreesboro, TN called Blastoids via Davy Minor’s awesome Ohm Park website (www.ohmpark.com). They had a link to download the entire album for free so I figured why not.
My initial impressions of the Blastoids is Animal Collective. They remind me of a lot of bands that have succumbed to this contagious trend of wanting to sound like Animal Collective. Personally, I feel this is critical misstep in any group or artist’s career because Animal Collective is so unique, groundbreaking, and innovative that attempting to replicate what they do comes off as the exact opposite of what the band stands for…that is redundancy, mundane, bland, vanilla, failure.
However, Blastoids have not failed. They ride a fine line between sounding like an Animal Collective tribute band and delicately paving their own sound and footprints within the indie music scene. I liked the album and will give these guys the benefit of the doubt. It took Animal Collective years to craft brilliant albums such as Strawberry Jam and Merriweather Post Pavillion. Who knows, maybe Blastoids will move in a completely different direction and surprise us all. Nonetheless, they still run the risk of coming off as Animal Collective trend humpers and coattail surfers, but I wish these guys good luck. It’s hard to pull off that sound and they’ve done a solid job of it.
Final Shot From Guns grade : B-
For more about Blastoids, be sure to check out their website http://www.myspace.com/blastoids and hear the entire album streaming.