Wednesday, November 17, 2004


Society of Rockets gets their first live review, and it's pretty mean.

Formerly the Shimmer Kids Underpop Association, a fine collective of psychedelic indie folks, the Society has morphed ever so slightly in the wrong direction. The nonet, which includes players on accordion, theremin, trumpet, and keyboards in addition to the typical guitar-bass-drums thing, has taken the edge off what I remember to be a whimsical, mysterious sound. In their better moments, the musicians remind me of the Muppets' band, all enthusiasm and flair; for most of their set, however, they play boring, innocuous jangle-pop. (For what it's worth, Sunset Homes, the band's new album, is far more enjoyable than its live show.)



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