I’m not hip. In fact my hipness quotient is zero. But I can fairly accurately predict the sound that the hip kids are going to go nuts over. It’s the sound of Please Step Out Of The Vehicle and their new record Sleeping Right And The Best In Homeopathic Medicine (Lucky Madison Records, Sept. 26).
This is an incredibly sophisticated debut from a very young band that outside of the Portland area hasn’t received any press. They’re an indication that the self-produced, diy band can create music as captivating and with as much staying power as that of The Flaming Lips, Mojave 3 or The Radar Bros. Let me be the first to say that “Pitch” is pitch perfect (just couldn’t avoid that!) with it’s allusions to dinosaur dreams, forests and oceans. “We Will Go Everywhere (Pt 1)” is a short piece that starts out harmlessly enough but ends in a complete cacophony of noise rock resembling some of the frenetic noise Violent Femmes’ songs sometimes spiraled into. “Pt 2″ picks up where the beginning of “Pt 1″ left off and together they become the centerpiece of the album. Pre-order this release now here.
Here’s the lineup and tell me that all things being equal that’s not a potentially perfect mix of instruments:
David – drum, flute
Travis – sing, guitar, moog, keys, songs, sampler
Chris – fuzz bass
Seth – farfisa, melodica, glokenspiel, keyboards, percussion
Liam – trombone, acoustic guitar, sing
Justin – slide guitar, percussion