Friday, August 18, 2006

Your Black Star- The Gauze Above the Lights

The lights are off.

Step back, Interpol and She Wants Revenge.

Since you’ve already picked over the bones of Joy Division, Louisville boys Your Black Star are feasting on the carcasses of Echo and the Bunnymen, the Teardrop Explodes and October-era U2.

And the pickings are delicious.

Songs like “Oh Jesus...” sound like they’re pulled directly from their cherished resting spots between Ultravox and Modern English on a Pure Modern Rock of the 80s, Volume 3 compilation.

Your Black Star is consistently dark and brooding on their third release, Sound From the Ground. The band grew out of Revelation Records artist Elliott and traces of that band’s post-punk sensibilities keep the project from lapsing into the pathetic sniveling that entraps other bands traversing this territory.

Sound From the Ground is scheduled for an October 17 release on Wonkavision Records.

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