Album Review: Fathers of Modern Rocketry – The Fathers

Fathers of Modern Rocketry
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This album by four East City boys now based in the nation’s capital starts off somewhat uncharacteristically with what Greil Marcus called a yarrrrragh: a vocal eruption of intense feeling but unpredictable power. A yarrrrragh is a wonderful thing existentially, but great artists have struggled to establish control over it.

Fathers of Modern Rocketry - The Fathers - CopyAfter the opening track, things settle down very nicely, and the ultra-clean production, which is unkind to the yarrrrragh, becomes the perfect showcase for the mellower vocal sounds and chime-y guitars to come, particularly in the music box pattern at the end of “Catacomb.” The grooves and riffs suggest a very disciplined jam band, or nerd-wave (early Split Enz, Wooden Stars, the Rheostatics), but also, at times, Spoon, Modest Mouse, and the Shins. Also, weirdly, the Rolling Stones.

A nice, thoughtful iteration of two-guitars-bass-and-drums pop-rock from a band with good chops and a good ear for melody.



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Fathers of Modern Rocketry’s The Fathers is available for purchase on Bandcamp.

 

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David Tough

David Tough

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David Tough is a musician, scholar, and journalist from Peterborough, Ontario. He is Contributing Editor and co-Publisher of Electric City Magazine.