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Engine Kid

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A lot of bands heard Slint’s Spiderland, saw the light and decided to make the same kind of music, but few were as shameless about it as Seattle’s Engine Kid. The five-song debut EP by the trio of Greg Anderson (vocals, guitars), Brian Kraft (bass) and Chris Vandebrooke (drums) pays homage to Slint to the point of claim-jumping. There’s that very quiet - VERY LOUD - very quiet/weird time signatures dynamic (all over); there’s the inaudible-story-with-instrumental-accompaniment thing (“Furnace”); there’s a Neil Young cover, just like Slint used to do live. Engine Kid’s choice is “The Needle and the Damage Done”

Matters improve a bit on Bear Catching Fish (recorded in “the basement of some guy’s brick house” in Chicago - wonder whose?), which reprises “Treasure Chest” from the EP. They’ve still got the same slow tempos and dramatic volume shifts, but their relationship with Slint has been transformed to influence rather than impersonation. Unfortunately, they don’t have much else: the only song that’s especially notable is an improbable cover of John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High.”

The band then replaced Vandebrooke with Jade Devitt, toured a lot and got a hell of a lot better. Instead of the big shifts in dynamics, Angel Wings delivers a titanic, punishing wall-of-oomph. Possibly as a result of contact with labelmates Iceburn, a Salt Lake City group fusing jazz, classical and punk, Engine Kid also seems to have discovered jazz: one track is called “Herbie Hancock,” and the album ends with a twelve-minute-plus cover of John Coltrane’s “Ole” abetted by a couple of members of Silkworm on horns.

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  • Kirowatt

    killer

    30 Apr 7:26am Reply
  • Smirnon

    unless he took some pictures of the fella and he likes to look at them daily, then it's not so weird

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Smirnon

    congrats to the dude who remembers what a certain fella on stage was wearing at a gig 20 years ago.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • rotting_schntzl

    you could hear Greg's doom tendencies even as far back as 1995, on "Holes to fight in" from "Angel wings".

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • spectrum_6

    Fireside Bowl, Chicago - 1995 July 23rd: http://youtu.be/rLSjgigFELE

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • artwarcar

    Big fan of Slint, but not the band that comes to mind when I think of these guys. Saw them open for Iceburn back in the early 90's.. both were great. I could always tell metal was a big influence on Anderson.. Fine by me. He was wearing a Deicide t-shirt the night of the show if that tells you anything.

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • auralnightscape

    South Dakota, 1995, full show: http://vimeo.com/22628532

    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Psaurcacneosisa

    so odd to think that Greg Anderson was in a complete Slint worship band before all the doom and drone

    30 Dec 2010 Reply
  • hornbuckle

    @christopher_tm: The hidden track on Astronaut is titled "Little Hula Girl."

    11 Oct 2010 Reply
  • elreeko

    engine kid is actually pretty dO)))pe

    13 Aug 2010 Reply
  • skwm

    Saw them in the basement of a middle school in Long Island, NY, probably around 1995 or so. They made friends with some local homeless guy, whom they invited up on stage to sing during an instrumental song. He just made up some lyrics for about 45 seconds, then tried to stage dive on to the 7 or 8 kids who were watching them play. I was a big show, but 99% of the kids there were there to see a local tough guy hardcore band ("Vision of Disorder" aka VOD) and hung out outside during Engine Kid's set. Fun times!

    21 Apr 2010 Reply
  • lkuann

    great music

    2 Aug 2009 Reply
  • AntarcticOne

    Wow, forgot about these guys for a while.....until I came across my 7' Novocaine/1/4 Mile Thunder/The Needle! Turn that stereo up!

    14 May 2009 Reply
  • newborneyes

    Greg Anderson berfore sun0)), goat snake and burning witch.. this band is highly underrated!

    15 Feb 2009 Reply
  • christopher_tm

    Does anyone know the title of the hidden track on Astronaut?

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • sean7711

    Hey, i was looking to get into these guys since I like slint a ton. Could anyone upload a recommended album for me?

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Graybones

    Your moustache makes you a liar.

    6 Aug 2008 Reply
  • ouroborobelisk

    I'm playing it. Just to get a few more listens up here. I just downloaded Astronaut from Amazon this morning. Needle was worth the $8 I forked over for it.

    5 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Funeral_Opolis

    this really deserves more listeners.

    2 Jul 2008 Reply
  • DrSocrates

    Wow. Almost no listeners

    23 Jun 2007 Reply
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