Shmat Records
Shmat Recordsad spacer
ad spacer
fun fact
Los Angeles's full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula.

shmat friends


If you have burning questions, please visit the FAQ or contact the Shmat.

Archives:  #-B | C-F | G-K | L-N | O-S | T-Z | ALL | SEARCH

Shmat's Reviews
For more reviews, please visit Palebear which is where all future Shmat reviews will appear (as of March 2006).

Self Titled (CD EP)

Difficult to write a review on this 3 song EP by Birdmonster without at least mentioning Modest Mouse at least once. Or twice. Modest Mouse. Oh wait, the press bio does say that too. So I'm right on. I didn't hear too much of the referenced "classic American" style. The jammy and energetic "Resurreection Song" reminded me a bit of Doug Martsch's stuff as well with a bit of old Afghan Whigs thrown in for good measure. "All the Holes In the Walls" has a pretty nice lock step double time beat along with Peter Arcuni's speed growl made for a pretty nice groove. I could see them playing this on Soma FM probably. "Janine" was a little too funky for my tastes but I could see how this might encourage a crowd or two to smash around when played live.

Recorded at the well known Tiny Telephone studios (John Vanderslice's setup) in San Francisco, Birdmonster's self titled EP is musically sound as far as the songwriting and musicianship goes. Even quite a bit rocking. But like a lot of the "modern" post-punk prog-rock stuff coming out nowadays, it just seemed a bit difficult for me to really get into. Whether they'll blow up like Modest Mouse might depend if they can get one of their songs into a car commercial or two...

- review by SHORTY (4.1.05)        


25 Random Reviews

10.24.05  Rosie Thomas
11.5.03  Asaurus Records
11.30.04  Map
9.7.03  Shiny Around The Edges
10.14.04  Abattoir 3000
8.22.03  Starbag
10.13.03  Mike Verna
1.7.04  Gabriel Joel
5.5.05  American Eyes
6.30.04  The Cinema Eye
2.1.05  Jason Voss
7.5.03  Asaurus Records
9.26.03  Neat Stripes
6.15.04  Caleb Weintraub
10.27.03  Ashley Park
5.2.03  Jeff Hanson
9.4.04  Pants Yell!
8.3.03  The Brands
4.16.04  Jesse Thomas
11.11.04  Awesome Cool Dudes
1.23.05  The Building Press
1.27.05  Iowa Mountain Tour
8.20.04  The Helio Sequence
5.30.03  Alcove
11.26.04  Brandon Wiard