Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Album Review: The King of France
Band: The King of France
Album: The King of France
Other Albums: SALAD DAYS
Home: New York City
Members: Steve Salad is the singer and guitar player. He's from Minneapolis and played in Deformo and Kelley Deal 6000. Michael Azerrad is the drummer. He's also a well respected rock critic who wrote Our Band Could Be Your Life [I highly recommend if you're into Husker Du, Minor Threat, Dinosaur Jr., etc.] and Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana [I haven't read this, but people on Amazon seem to like it].
What it sounds like: Jittery. Some critics compare them to Neutral Milk Hotel but that's not really true. They're similar in that Salad does have a warbly voice that goes all over the place and a whimsical style. However, Salad's lyrics are more mainstream (and make sense) and the music is less pyschedelic and more vaudevillian (in the same way as Jon Brion, Liam Hayes and Wings stuff - but filtered through indie rock). It mostly features piano, keyboards, guitars and drums. I recommend listening to the tracks on their website and/or seeing them for free at Sea Level before you purchase.
Key Tracks: "Beautiful Horses" and "Mexico"
Where you can see them:
1/13/06 @ Spaceland w/ Helio Sequence [$12]
1/14/06 @ Sea Level Records 3:00 PM [FREE]
2/22/06 @ Henry Fonda Theater w/ Rogue Wave & Nada Surf [$16.50]