Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Candy Bars - Violet

It's sometimes painful when bands who deserve tons of credit struggle, while much worse bands prosper. But then, some bands like Candy Bars and their label New Granada Records have been working hard to remain somewhat unknown. Together, they have been trying to rebuild the independent music community in Tampa, Florida, rather than become world famous amongst crappy bloggers. Indeed, there is something organic, open-mic sounding, in their debut album "On Cutting Ti-gers in Half and Understanding Narravation" that is really refreshing without even mentioning their incredible songwriting skillz. Their sound reminds of the folky, raspy-vocalled, psychedelica, dreamy debut album by Akron/Family. There is something about them that reminds me of when I was younger and would go to small pubs and hear indie bands play. Even their music reminds me of a time when I was less pessimistic and more level-headed, when folk music wasn't about drinking and lost loves. Oh! the memories.

Bonus Track - The Flood in Your Old Town

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To be fair, this band was reviewed in Magnet and a bunch of other pretty big magazines and just got a review in Pitchfork. And the blog hype was big, too. Stereogum called them a band to watch. And they were featured on NPR. But, yeah, what New Granada is doing for the Tampa scene is truly amazing.

--G.