Not Them, You




When the new CD, Not Them, You, from Lake Trout hit my desk I was told that they were a jam band. Maybe that was the case in the past, but now that couldn't be farther from the truth. The album was produced by Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai) and Dave Fridman (Flaming Lips, Sleater - Kinney). I have to say that in my opinion, the band teeters on rock, shoegazer, downtempo and experimental genres more than the classic jam type band would sound. I guess there is that jam type feeling in the sense that the five-piece from Baltimore seems to put a strong focus on instrumentation over a traditional rock band. I could see this band playing with Innaway or Oceansize live, however it seems that they are going to play a few dates with The Pixies, which also is deemed appropriate. Two short, haunting and instrumental songs "I" and "II" stand out with the melodic tones and start off a lot like Radiohead's "Pyramid Song". Then of course there is the cover of Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" which surprisingly doesn't sound bad, considering I am not one for covers under normal circumstances. The lush, loud and rich sonic textures really take shape with songs like "Shiny Wrapper", which highlights fuzzy guitars, piercing vocals, disturbing keys and pounding drums. "Now We Know" on the other hand, is more upbeat and at times reminiscent of U2. Then there is the aggressive / industrial side of Lake Trout that comes out in songs like "Riddle" and "Have You Ever". All in all you really can't go wrong with any of the tracks on the new album as they cover so many different styles. There really is something for everyone on this album.

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Not Them, You