Empty Rooms – Albatross

I can’t help thinking that this sounds like October era U2. And that’s a compliment believe me especially when ‘Albatross’ starts to go all And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead about half way through. This is a strange and welcome turn for the San Francisco band who’ve already spoilt us on their debut the ‘Lacuna’ EP (the lead song, ‘We’ve Been Waiting For You‘, appeared on our first compilation). ‘Albatross’ is an absolute epic, mostly instrumental and full of interesting ideas that vie for you attention. Like the bumbling bass, ragged beats or the searing riffs that are only partially blunted by the distant celestial vocals. This is remarkable stuff and it can be found on the split ‘Wedding’ EP Empty Rooms have done with another SF band they have close ties with called Finest Dearest. KD

Empty Rooms – Albatross

More Info: Official & Myspace
Buy Songs: Empty Rooms/Finest Dearest
Year: 2009

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