Bad Veins

August 6, 2009

badveinsA band that sounded a bit like Interpol crossed with the Arcade Fire, frequently backed by cinematic sounding strings and synths, may not have sounded immediately good to me, but Cincinnati based duo Bad Veins (Benjamin Davis and Sebastein Schultz) make it work surprisingly well. In fact, their self-titled album is a pretty solid debut, once it gets past the opener, “Found,” which is one of the weaker tracks. “Gold And Warm” and “Crosseyed” kick things off in earnest, both of which would have been more likely openers. Most of the music is firmly in a dramatic, often anthemic vein (no pun intended), though the duo is creative enough with their musical arrangements to put their own stamp on the genre. Not all of it works as well as the two aforementioned tracks, or as well as “The Lie” and “Falling Tide,” the other two highlights, but in general this was was a pleasant surprise for me, and a promising discovery.


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