Rosebuds | Make Out
A Ryan J. Mack Review
Alright, let's face it. Indie music has a reputation for being...well,
to put it politely...snobby. Who hasn't gone into the big-chain
yet-trendy record store and had to face down punked up almost-stars
on the verge of their own discovery when they couldn't find what
who hasn't entertained the idea of leaving empty handed rather
than talk to the hot Goth chick who knows bands so amazing yet
so obscure they haven't even been formed yet, about an album that
chick will probably consider adequate at best? Who hasn't read
part of this and thought-dude, you still go to Amoeba? Let me
take you to my record store. It's a downright gauntlet of name
recognizing, show seeing, orchestrated accidental hip-ness. Image
injuries are inevitable, but rarely fatal.
stay strong! Stay strong in what you like. Know that not everything
has to shake the foundations of music as we know it. Sometimes,
you want to kick back and enjoy. So, in the spirit of simple pleasure,
enter The Rosebuds.
The Raleigh, North Carolina trio has released a blissful outpouring
of energetic hook laden tunes. Though they occasionally rely too
heavily on repeated lyrics and combinations of wordless filler(yeah,
yeah, yeah- yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah- yeah. Yeah. I say Yeah!
or- ah ah ah ba ba ba ba- ba ba ba ba!), and lack the significant
lyrical depth of a more mature band, for a debut, Merge Records
has discovered an undeniably catchy collection. It's just fun.
starts off strong with "Back to Boston", before taking
a minor dive into a few mindlessly fun (not necessarily an insult)
tracks before hitting its real stride, sliding into it with the
dreamy regret of "Big Heartbreak". The short and sweetly
pop "What Can I Do?" walks best the fine line of combining
catch with attention. I do love a good happy song with sad lyrics.
It ends with "Make Out Song", cooling down but not lessening
on the attention holding factor.
It might not change the future of music. It might not change your
life. But on the other hand- it just might. Who can say? And really-
who cares? If you feel like empty ear calories, eat your musical
candy. You can go back on your diet tomorrow. Buy