Pieces of the People We Love
by Sara Huguenard
Whether it was done with a sense of some kind of purpose or not, I have to say I was quite amused by the prominent FBI piracy message screened right on the faced of The Rapture’s new release. Oooo…scary!
That aside, I cannot say this is the only entertaining thing about this band’s newest effort. Okay, yeah… their lyrics are predictable and undeveloped… sometimes uninspired, and even monotonous. And some of their '60s/'70s-inspired riffs hit just a little more close (on the excruciating end) to the era than those of their counterparts in this revival movement, but you cannot deny that they deserve recognition for effort, innovation and experimentation. While many of their competitors are more inclined to rip through feedback fueled sex, drugs, rock’n’roll anthems, these guys incorporate more of the fun, funky elements of the period: cheesy synth lines, tinny drums, hand-claps and sparser melodies. The way they incorporate them into their music not only works, it also sets them far apart from that “norm.”
I was surprised to find this band has been around since 1998 and to boot are kind of the “indie darlings” of the genre, having toured with Sunny Day Real Estate, among others and garnering a good amount of industry praise. I picked this album up after having heard the infectious “Get Myself Into It” on of all things an MTV commercial (I was channel surfing, I swear!). And I will say, I haven’t fully made up my mind about this group (unlike many of the big-name publisher’s reviewers who are falling over themselves to push this band), but there is something there that I don’t think should be overlooked. For insight into that potential, one need only to listen to “Calling Me.” And you can’t deny the uniqueness of their sound in this age of musical monotony. Given some time and perhaps a little more influence by those who are taking them under their wing, they will have the opportunity to hold their own against the heavy hitters of this scene, and possibly even gain some mainstream acceptance along the way.