Field Auxiliary, Slow Animal, Gypsyblood Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., Feb. 8, 9:30 p.m. 2012

Yeah, it's another band with that sound—the same fuzzy, hissy garage rock that Wavves, Real Estate, and Harlem have been poking at for what now seems like eons. But even after those three long years, I'm just not sick of it. When that hyped-up sound doesn't reek of a fleeting attempt to cash in on some hot-shit indie trend—when it's got a dirty, dusty kind of melody and bits of hooky pop stitched into its lo-fi blankets of reverb—it's still fun. Compared to the aforementioned bands, Jersey duo Slow Animal is more beachy, with a touch of cracked-out, sped-up 60s doo-wop, but you wouldn't bat an eyelash if you saw them together on a bill. Slow Animal's Bandcamp page will have to do for now—the group's self-released debut is still at least a couple weeks away—but just in the process of writing this review I've become seriously addicted to the driving, playful rhythms and falsetto backing vocals on "TheFunSun" and "Dolt Heart." —Kevin Warwick Field Auxiliary headlines, Slow Animal and Gypsyblood open.

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