Unable to find much info on Lori on their website or press release, I surfed around the net to hear what other reviewers have to say. More than half of the write-ups I found contain a passage likening them to either the Pixies or The Cure. Personally, I just don’t see it. I love Angsty Bob. I love Frank Black. Hell, I like these guys quite a bit too. Still, there’s no comparison.
When John Thrasher reviewed Lori for LOTD last year, his only complaint was that their EP ended too quickly. No such problem on their first full-length, which stops just short of overkill with twelve solid tracks. The power-punk kick of “One Zero Zero” is an adequate launch pad for the album, starting things off fast and fun. From there they move on to a slower number, “Conversation Rides,” in which the three guitars of Brewer, Cantu, and Szumlinski are given space to sensuously run up against each other. Each track flies over peaks and through valleys, too adventurous to be monotonous, moving with too much expertise to crash. They aren’t afraid to smash things up, nor are they afraid to show that they can handle a poppy melody (“Daredevil Lover”). At times, they’ll even nod their heads to the art school set, sounding almost like a more accessible Television or Sonic Youth. This is demonstrated on the final track, “Chautauqua,” which is a monologue by Cantu surrounded by guitar and drum melody. Lori’s sound goes wherever it wants, but it always travels with finesse and maturity.
There isn’t much else I can say about this record. If you want a loud, guitar-heavy, smart, fun, and finely-produced album, just get it.
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