It List: Wednesday
Lemuria/O Pioneers/Empire Empire/Stymie/Genius Party (1919 Hemphill): Briefly: Lemuria wears its 90's Influences on its collective sleeve, and I can respect that, since they're upfront about it. They reminded me of long-gone Sub Pop act, Hazel, and upon double-checking the comparison, they really do. Empire Empire continues with the big-guitar 90's sound, and O Pioneers has that really tough-yet-perfectly enunciated vocal delivery that either makes the singer seem really serious and articulate, or really silly and overbearing, depending on your take on things. Though I sometimes miss that singing style, a vocalist is often doing you a favor by purposely slurring and covering it all with reverb and filters. Trust me you don't want to know what most of these jokers are saying. No Dad, that's not Bill Shakespeare over there. One more note: I avoided the punctuation in the band names. It's all too much. This show starts in thirty minutes, so hurry.