Spray Paint has been tagging Austin for 3 years after playing together in the now defunct When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth. Where Dinosaurs were a mass of feedback and growls(similar to Chaos Destroy), Spray Paint is reminiscient of The Intelligence on their first record "Boredom and Terror" (not coincidentally, S.S. Records released early 7"'s by both hands). Two guitars and 2 (maybe 3) singers play off each other in a slightly off way whic accentuates the strange, almost non-sense vocals ("she's got a good shovel. She's got a good shovel, man" on Goth Apologists, or useful, real-life advice like "late night speed was a bad idea" on Bad Times. From the sparse arrangements emerge dense walls of noise like demons escaping on Anyone Else Want In, Bad Times, or Chris' Theme.
Angular post-punk that (like the promo sticker suggests) sounds like the Slits or Au Pairs mixing it up with Entertainment-era Gang of Four. This is the second album from Shopping and it shows a little more refinement than the first. Overall they've done a great job caputuring the whole dancy art school post punk thing - the sparseness allows the vocals and jangly guitar to shine over the staccato drumming but really...it's all about dat bass tho!
This album is pretty nice sounding, but overall it's pretty basic. It doesn't really bring anything exciting or new to the table, but overall it's got good, fun songs. I'd say it's got a classic rock/folky sound. Definitely has some generic sounding songs and cheesy lyrics, but they're all pretty catchy and rhythmic. Also there's cowbell on Track 8 if anyone's interested in that...
Woolen Men are a trio from Portlandia, a city with the same ad agency as Austin, with their slogan “Keep Portland Weird” but with famous residence like Kyle Macglaughlin, Fred Armisen, and Carrie Brownstein. So, like Austin, gentrification is spreading like a rash, and Temporary Monument is an album set against the changes, but will probably just make it worse. This album is that good, this band is that good; they are a reason to move to Portland. I fell in love with woolen men in 2013 when they released their self-title album. I reviewed it with lots of names like “velvet underground” and “jonathan richman” named in bold, and all that still holds. The songs are about feeling out of place (“Life in Hell” or “Alien City”) and semi-diatribes against clean-cut lives (Clean Dreams) or the most popular way to waste your youth (“University”) and regret (“After the Flood”) .