Thursday, June 23, 2011
Their two albums, "The Airing of Grievances" and "The Monitor" are sprawling, intense affairs that leave you wondering if they'll survive to make another.
"The Monitor" is (very) loosely based on the Civil War battle of ironclads: the Monitor and the Merrimack (they don't teach such things in school anymore). Although I don't think Union soldiers taunted The Rebels with the cry "You will always be a loser" that Stickles chants at one point. The albums also feature quotes from Shakespeare, Albert Camus, Civil War generals as well as other literary references.
Both discs go comfortably beyond the standard two guitar attack prevalent in most Indie rock, bringing in keyboards, harmonica and a full horn section at times.
Okkervil River will headline if they don't get blown offstage.