by Karla Ash
The cynic in me notices that the guitar riff of “Still” reminds me of the Cure’s “Pictures of You.” And there are traces of Depeche Mode, New Order, and even Nine Inch Nails throughout this E.P. Yes, the Drown are derivative, but their borrowing of used parts is more loving than commercially driven. This is the kind of record that stoned college-radio DJs used to thrown on between sets of R.E.M. and the Replacements during the ‘80s. It’s very European in sound, even more so than other post-punk disciples like Interpol and She Wants Revenge. But it’s more artistic as well, giving this group, despite their lack of originality, increased street credibility. There’s nothing new in rock & roll so bask in the remaining nostalgia of “classic alternative” while you can.
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