Friday, May 9, 2008

Album Review - Tall Firs

Tall Firs – Too Old To Die Young
[Ecstatic Peace; 18/03/2008]

Hailing from Annapolis, Maryland, three piece, Tall Firs, have fallen into a nice pair of hands in Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Piece label for their sophomore album Too Old To Die Young. To say they wear their influences' heart on their sleeves could well just be one of the great understatements of the year, and maybe if every second band weren't trying to be The Jesus And Mary Chain then maybe they would take the cake rather than share a small quantity of it.

'So Messed' up has Sonic Youth circa 2004 written all over it with the guitar tunings all but the same not to mention those Thurston Moore drawls that ooze with coolness. 'Blue in the Dark' and album highlight 'Loveless' follow the same pattern as does majority of the remaining tracks. 'Good Intentions' slows the pace down, but still has a very SY quality about it.

A nice guitar twang carries on all the way through Too Old To Die Young, making the affair a nice mellow one. It's evident the sounds the Tall Firs deliver clearly derive from their label owner, and his recent adventures with Sonic Youth on Rather Ripped and Sonic Nurse. It just so happens that some people, like myself, fell totally in love with these two respective release and furthermore, don't mind others pilfering these sounds as long as the piss isn't taken too much. It may seem like the pot calling the kettle black, but let's get one thing straight; as rehashed as it sounds, TOTDY isn't a bad record to come back to every now and then even if it does pale in comparison with it's direct influences.

By Simon K

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