All entries for Friday 18 August 2006
August 18, 2006
Before starting this blog with the other contributors, a long conversation took place about what the aims should be. I think all of us recognise that we want to share great music with a wider audience, but at the same time we were always hoping to be introduced ourselves, through comments and emails from readers, to a wide range of independent and less well known music for our own personal benefit. This is why we push heavily for anyone with a tip to comment on entries and tell us about it, and also why we encourage bands and labels to Send us CDs for us to review and talk about. I don’t think we ever expected that it’d all be great music, but, dear outside world, you’re 2 for 2 so far.
Saturna are a 3 piece band from Portland, Oregon (apparantly, that’s not where they make Oregano. I never knew…), which is somewhere in the North West of the US. Their musical influences are mainly cited as The Jesus and Mary Chain (which is the most obvious on listening), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Doves and The Dandy Warhols, but the ensuing sound has a sense of originality that lends itself to a second listen.
Ryan Carroll’s energetic lead vocals lean the band towards a sound similar to that of The Cooper Temple Clause, but with a less brash outcome, and the stadium-rock esque guitars and drums hark out of a possible influence of old Muse – for a debut EP this is certainly a very polished effort. The one complaint that could perhaps be levered at the EP is that it is so varied in some sounds (particularly on the transition between Pop Rocks and Just For Thrills) that it perhaps implies that the band haven’t really found their definitive sound yet.
But I’m just being picky.
Enjoy your samples and buy the EP, loyal minions!
Both samples are from the ”...All Night” EP, see below for purchase fun.
You can find some more samples and downloads on the band’s MySpace
You can buy the ”...All Night” EP from the following locations: