My Dear Radium
By Zane Ewton
Technology continues to evolve and has
been pulling the world of music right along with it. Gone are the
days of childhood friends abusing cheap instruments in a suburban garage
and going on to rock and roll stardom. We have the internet.
We can download songs. Thanks to the Black Spoons, we can also find
band members on the internet. It seems to be a natural progression.
The members of the Black Spoons found
each other through the online classifieds of craigslist.org. The
New York City musician/students formed in the fall of 2003 and released
this, their debut album, one year later. Without the help of a record
label and on the back of some successful shows the band has made a name
for itself. It doesnt hurt to have a really good product to sell.
My Dear Radium is a thoroughly
engaging record, full of arty sensibilities and rock swagger that rarely
go hand in hand. The sound is a mix of Bowie and the Police but is
distinctly current. It is refreshing to hear a band with an exciting
sound and a different perspective. On first glance it might be easy
to discount My Dear Radium as nerd-rock, simply because of the bands
interests in forensic psychology, the bad hair and unassuming smiles.
The band is such a breath of fresh air
that it is also easy to overlook any pocket protector leanings and delve
deep into the low-key as well as outstanding songs. The Black Spoons
are also able to tread that thin line between art house pomposity and working
mans simplicity, kind of like Tool for kids who dont wear black.
Each track is a steady and consistently
interesting song. Hopefully graduate school or other academic pursuits
does not get in they way of The Black Spoons developing into a great band,
because the opportunity is there.
Spoons My Dear Radium
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