Ever since Pitchfork made its name by handing out more 1s than a Super America cashier, scoring high marks there has been the grail quest of every indie rock band in every city. With good reason, too--through sheer power of promotion and rep, Pitchfork has become a make or break site to net press, a place so powerful that some labels refuse to submit their albums for fear of a sales-killing poor review.
But To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie, the local moody, noisy outfit that recently completed a tour of Europe, s not so cowardly. And yesterday, they llanded a review on the feared site for their latest LP Marlone, and netted themselves an outstanding review of 7.7. Head below the jump for more details.
TKAPB's video for "The Man With The Shovel."
It's what the band does with its shoegaze and post-rock atmospheres that ultimately sets it apart. Part of it is pacing (the sequencing of the record is superb) and part of it is the delicate balance between the contrasting notions of dark and light, heavy and airy, and gloomy and hopeful. Marlone's individual songs play with these opposites: opener "You've Gone Too Far" explores ambient tones with wide-open spaces, expanding and contracting over its nine minutes before the punchier "The Needle" sweeps in and pushes things in a more forceful direction.We've had our share of beefs with Pitchfork's overwrought sense of right and wrong (more than once, we've bemoaned the fact that they gave the intensely listenable I Get Wet by Andrew WK an 0.6). But hey, as Jake Gittes said, "When you're right, you're right. And you're right!" This kind of national press for TKAPB is overdue, and it's good to see that Pitchfork didn't mishandle one of our local faves.