Museum Mouth

Tears In My Beers

Written by: DR on 29/10/2010 21:57:31

"Tears In My Beer" is unsigned Museum Mouth's debut album, but if it is anything to go by, they won't be unsigned for much longer. Quite an opening statement, but I figured a record as forthcoming as this should have a review of a similar creed, with none of that introductory, getting-to-know-the-background filler (and also because I'm struggling to find much out about this band, other than that they're giving away their entire discography for free: See below).

This is 10 tracks of self-produced, fuzzy indie with emo and pop punk influences and a male/female vocal dynamic. It lasts just shy of 20 minutes, so it has the feel of an EP. That "fuzzy" adjective is the result of the production, which some may find a gripe too great to get past. It sounds as though they have recorded this in their basement - which they probably did; it's really unpolished. The vocals can be hard to understand, the guitars are at times a buzz, and the drums sound rough. However, I personally find the production to be the thing I love most about "Tears...". One man's "unpolished" is another man's "raw", after all, a word which entails honesty, a believability, if you will. The main vocalist Savannah Levin's lyrics are unashamedly brash: "I'm more clingy now than ever / always vocally sick / and when asked about my attatchment / I'll vocally deny it", and this from "Cathedral": "I've been on life support for the past 19 years of my life / why is my body so cold? / I want late night sex so wet so tight".

The longest song is the closer "The End of Days", a whole THREE MINUTES long. Their songs are relatively short; they like to get in and out quickly, which helps their 'play fast and edgy' approach maintain momentum. They still leave room to experiment, like in "Jerk Girls" they yelp "JERK GIRLS!!!" throughout; the song reaches a wall-of-sound climax, ending with one final yelp. "Planet Courtney" is synth-heavy and the most-pop sounding song on here, and "I Stopped Caring" sounds vaguely Los Campesinos!-esque.

But, for the most part, they remain true to their noisy-indie format, and why not? It's chaotic and captivating with its brutal honesty - a girl complaing and bitching that will, for once, make guys actually listen rather than roll their eyes and zone-out. Amirite? /sexism. Yeah, anyway, a pretty great and refreshing listen that's free to download. Surely there's no way you can go wrong.


Download: The entire thing, and the rest of their discography if you so wish.
For The Fans of: Tigers Jaw, Touch Committee, Los Campesinos!
Listen: Bandcamp

Release Date 18.03.2010

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