"If I have to hear one more middle class beach city kid’s non-distinctive caterwauling about pizza, skateboarding, beer, chix, “punk” or the city he lives in–trying to eek its way through static-y non-descript guitar–I’m gonna commit myself to a couple of drive bys."
Interesting, challenging post-punk from former Guided by Voices member James Greer and French-American singer Guylaine Vivarat. The record is too long and sometimes veers off into experimental noise, but when they keep to tight melodies and upbeat tempos, with Greer and Vivarat sharing vocals,…
"Alpha Waves in a Gelatinous Conductor" is a muscular and independently-minded ballad from DTCV. It swells and crashes, then a pacific foam of melody and noise swirls around your feet. I think it’s very romantic. Their new album is called Hilarious Heaven, out now on Xemu Records.
Pairs Well With…Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, The Vasolines
Post-punk rock is an underrepresented genre on the OEB radars, but there’s something so ambitious and yet still together about DCTV’s latest, Hilarious Heaven, that is worth a fuller listen than most. DCTV, a trio that includes Guylaine Vivarat (Useless Keys, Tennis System) and James Greer (Guided By Vocies), is a fairly straightforward indie rock at its heart, heavy on riffed out breakdowns and roadhouse guitar solos. What really makes Hilarious Heaven stand out is the experimental detours, from the emotional French ballad “Contre Jour” to the eleven-minute freak-out “How Not To Be”. A series of well-placed transition tunes really pull the record together into a front-to-back listen.
Loved, loved, loved this. Wish they had some stuff up on Spotify for me to peruse!
NB: The name of the band is DTCV, not DCTV. Easy mistake to make. Might help w/ Spotify results etc.