Tristan da Cunha – Irrevolution

July 21, 2009

IrrevBackCoverYou know that guy sitting in the back row of your math class, who works through proofs with style and ease, who can can tell you the difference between what’s in Rudin‘s “Principles of Mathematical Analysis” versus what’s in “Real and Complex Analysis,” AND who can tell you where the best parties are this Saturday night? Probably, he’d also tell you that Tristan da Cunha are one of his favorite local bands. And guess what? They’re one of my favorite local bands, too. They play what I call “serious music that doesn’t take itself too seriously.”

Two years ago, the band put out an album called “Instanter,” which became my favorite of 2007. Now, they’re back with this new one, “Irrevolution.” Ten songs, written between 2002 and 2008, all of which sound like what you’d think the Minutemen’s might sound like if they went on for 4 minutes instead of just 90 seconds.

For more on Tristan da Cunha, see this article from the Phoenix. Then check out their Myspace page, where you can hear “Four Selected Screenplays” from the old lp and “Bless the Beasts (Not the Children)” from the new.

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