Things have been really busy lately. Normally, as fall approaches, you kind of expect things to slow down. The weather is supposed to cool off and everyone prepares to shutter up for the winter. Spring is the busy time, right? Not that fall. The only thing I should be busy doing is gathering nuts, like a good little ant. Clearly, that's not the case. At times like this it's nice to have something good to listen to. Thankfully, we have Everything Absent Or Distorted -- who holds the distinction of being the only band from Denver, Colorado posted to Robots. So there.
See, back in the 1990s, there was a surplus of band geeks who wanted to be in real bands. This gave birth to Ska and Swing. Since the coolest "rock" instrument you can handle in high school band is pretty much the drums (or cowbell), and things like guitar and bass are saved for "jazz band," you have this clutch of horn players with nowhere to go. But now that Ska is dead - or at least the poppy, late '90s variety is - what are the horn players to do? Where are the seven-strong bands chock full of quirks?
Well, in Denver they're packing into Everything Absent or Distorted. With seven full-time members - none of whom stick to one role for any given song - they have their share of horn players, percussionists, singers, crooners, guitar slingers and the lot. It's a fantastic band, and I love their new record: The Soft Civil War. It ranges from bombastic pop like this, to full on punk rattles. Even though it's only got seven songs on it, it covers a lot of ground. They seem to really know what they're doing.
You can pick up their new album from the friendly folks at twist and shout. Highly Recommended.