Tag Archives: alternative

INTERVIEW: pools are nice

14 Jun

And we’re back! What better way to kick off the return of I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times than by an interview with one of our favourite bands, pools are nice. 

The four piece are from Connecticut, and have been featured frequently on this website for their lo-fi brand of fuzz-rock – from ‘Then you’re thinking too much’ to ‘We live here now’, there’s something arresting and interesting about each of their EPs, while their identity remains. I had a chat with the band about the thoughts behind the name, and what they have planned for the future…

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EP REVIEW: Then you’re thinking too much (Pools Are Nice)

25 Jun

 

In some ways, Pools Are Nice has a deceptive name. Forget daydreams of floating lazily in the summer time and instead, Pools Are Nice will be cannonballing into the deep end.

Okay, maybe there’s such a thing as taking a metaphor too far, but the ‘Then you’re thinking too much’ EP from the Connecticut band takes any preformed opinions on them that you might have and puts them into a blender. Twice. Before handing it back to you and making you like it.

To be more specific, Pools Are Nice share with us their distinct brand of lo-fi fuzz rock. Feeling almost 90s at times, without falling back on the failsafe 90s nostalgia boat, there’s a slight dusty Americana infusion – think Lords of Dogtown and you’ll get what I mean. ‘Natasha (You’ve Got Tomorrow)’ is a particular stand-out, with more of a pop-punk edge than some of the other tracks – but then ‘Weirdo’ has something more exhilarating about it, the emotional influence visible beneath the murky guitars.

It’s difficult not to be vague about Pools Are Nice. There’s a definite joie de vivre that it’s difficult to put a finger on and the mash of genre tags on their Bandcamp page doesn’t help. The best thing to do would be to download their EP for free, and check them out for yourselves.

RIYL: No Age, Japandroids.

Download their EP here.

ALBUM REVIEW: The Shallows (I Like Trains)

24 May

While a nod to the fact that The Shallows is based around the concept of the Pulitzer Prize nominated book is in order, the latest album from I Like Trains really should be viewed as standing alone. The theme, of course, is heavily linked to the novel – the idea of the internet changing the way we think is something that runs through both, although I Like Trains choose to interpret this with darkly moody tracks.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Specters (Stalking Horse)

23 Apr

Stalking Horse’s Specters has echoes of Radiohead and New Order, but manages overall to create a sound all their own. There is a certain unique aspect to the songs that seems to be missing a lot lately – an almost hypnotic factor that not only draws the listener’s attention but is also able to hold it. 

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