Asking a true music lover to choose a favorite artist is not really different from asking a parent to choose a favorite child. But when I think back to what turned me into a true music lover to begin with, The Connells readily come to mind. I was too young to really experience music's greatest era--when independent artists slowly began to come out of the woodwork, all over the country, and people actually listened! My older brother was one of those people who were listening. When I was only 9, I would hear the sounds of bands like The Replacements, the Hoodoo Gurus, The Ocean Blue, the Charlatans UK, and of course The Connells coming from his room. That music, which was a soundtrack to many an adolescent at the time, was becoming the soundtrack to my childhood, and eventually my life. At 11, I was wearing thin my brother's cassettes of Fun & Games and One Simple Word. Each Connells album has a personality. When I'm sad and introspective, Ring is in the disc changer. When I feel happy and pumped up, I throw in One Simple Word. When I need some time to unwind and think, it's Boylan Heights. Every band member writes songs; three band members lead sing. Over the course of their 17-year careers, this Raleigh, NC band has only gotten better despite the music industry's general ignorance of such great talent. Their jangling guitars and perfectly-crafted pop songs, along with that ever-so-slight Southern touch, are what many critics have lauded and fans have adored. After 13 years, the band is no longer with the TVT label, but on 11/6/01 they released an excellent independent album, Old School Dropouts. A LEFT OFF THE DIAL review of Old School Dropouts is found below.
REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS:
The Review Page of Boylan Heights: The Connells Unofficial Homepage
Reviews of the Still Life album:
Pif Magazine Review of Still Life (scroll down to find Connells review)
Lazyeye Review Archive (scroll down again)
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