Tell the Pilgrims it's a Potluck

Label
Automatic Recordings
Release date
4 Dec 2007
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
35:33

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 1981 2:39 163
2 Safe 2:35 38
3 Washington Ends 2:39 44
4 Leader 3:14 21
5 Susamsterdam 3:37 14
6 Undermind 3:20 21
7 Share It 3:14 23
8 Repeater 3:24 26
9 Nevershine 3:57 24
10 Shoegazer 3:09 20
11 Favorite Song 3:45 19

About this album

Given the band’s lineup, it’s no surprise that the debut album from the 757s plays like a dissertation on the quintessential Minneapolis rock sound. Even their heritage suggests that they nestle comfortably into the branches of the local family music tree: bassist Paul Pirner is the brother of Soul Asylum frontman Dave, while guitarist Seth Zimmerman is the nephew of Bob Dylan. Jimmy Peterson is best known for his work with Bellwether, while drummer Steve Sutherland played in Nova Mob with Grant Hart. But judging from the straightforward, unassuming nature of their new album, Tell the Pilgrims It’s a Potluck, the guys in the 757s aren’t the kind to care about their place in the tiers of local notoriety.

In fact, the whole record is so unpretentious that songs can fly by unnoticed on first listen. Despite the fact that Pirner, Zimmerman and Peterson share vocal duties, it’s hard to tell who is singing which song; the lyrics and melodies are folded into a heavy blanket of chugging, relentless rhythms and slightly fuzzed-out guitar distortions. It would be easy to list a handful of Minneapolis bands from the past who have their fingerprints on the 757s’ sound, but the group doesn’t sound like any of their forerunners in particular. Instead, their songs come across as earnest confessionals from a group of guys who have been around the block, who have taken everything they have learned about rock and roll with a grain of salt and funneled it into the beginning of yet another new band.

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