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Slow down as you approach the gate, and have your change ready....
Artist: Always Sunday
Label: Independent release
Length: 6 tracks, length: 21:22
When I heard that the band Kelly Wingate had broken up I was quite disappointed. With just two CDs to their credit, this band from Oxford, MS was one of my favorites, with their disc Are You Sleeping, Love on my list of top discs for 2001 (though it was actually released in 2000). After the demise of Wingate, lead vocalist Trent Dabbs went on to form The Sunset Manual. When that band went under, he and bassist Dean Clement joined with former Castor Pollux members Winn McElroy and Andrew Ratcliffe, to form this new outfit.
While Dabbs brings his unique vocal stylings to Always Sunday, the sound is something altogether different than the slo-core/dreampop of KW. This is pleasant, fairly up-tempo indie-rock with an edge. Laid-back yet fun music, all sung with a nudge and a wink, and occasionally a tongue firmly in cheek.
The disc starts out with "Reason 365" with its wry lovelorn lyrics:
Now do you want something more of this something less
"Above Me" is another song of love with its refrain of :
Wish you could sing like Marvin Gaye
Dabbs is a brilliant wordsmith, and even takes a shot or two at his own industry. In "Pop Rock Star" he asks:
Pop Rock Star, what's your secret?
Followed by a refrain of:
The answers come quickly
This is a head-bopping, toe-tapping
collection of songs that is just too dang short. A basic quartet
featuring guitars and rhythm section, the music sounds fairly simple, but
is quite infectious. Bring on a full-length CD, boys. We're
ready, we can take it.
Ken Mueller 10/7/02