Dom
Sun Bronzed Greek Gods


3.5
great

Review

by Kiran EMERITUS
April 29th, 2010 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Is it summer yet?

What’s your favourite thing about summer? The sun? The booze? The bikinis? Summer is my favourite time of the year in almost every way, especially so for the music it brings. I live for the upbeat, happy-go-lucky albums that are bound to rule the hot June days and I imagine anyone else who enjoys the same music probably feels the same way. I mean, just to digress for a moment, does anyone listen to metal at the beach? Tanning, with some guy loudly pig squealing about the undutiful medieval kings of yore in the background? Did the Pagan overlords ever just take a day to soak up the sunshine? Do Slayer make swim trunks? Is corpse paint water-resistant? There's a lot left unanswered.

What I can tell you is that Sun Bronzed Greek Gods is my kind of summer EP. The second lead singer Dom chimes in on synth-romp opener “Living in America” with the prolonged "It's so sexxxxxyyyyyy" hook, you just know you’re about to get fuzz-***ed in the most terrific way. It’s an invitation: summer’s waiting, lose the winter clothes, shave that nasty beard, dig out those wayfarers, be glad for a moment that crocs are a dying trend, and get the hell out there. Dom’s sound has enough edge to satisfy the critics and enough energy to satisfy everyone else, but for what it’s worth, this is the kind of album you don't have to think about for even a moment; sit back, sing a long, play it in the background, it doesn’t matter. Just enjoy.

Though songs like “Burn Bridges” are lyrically about disconnection and similarly dreary topics, when juxtaposed against its glimmering synths and lighthearted nature, who cares? Half the time the message of the songs (if there even is one) is foregone for a feeling that’s far removed from anything less than joyful, so as far as I’m concerned they may as well all be about sunshine and pitchers of sangria because that’s the kind of mood they stir up. Likewise, the huge “Hey Bochicha!” chorus could be to drunken beach parties like "Kumbaya" is to lame summer camps and it’s one of the most contagious things you'll hear in a long time, powered by the restless madness of the bands titular Christopher Owens soundalike vocalist. This is dirty lo-fi pop tailor-made for teenage summer debauchery and when the weather’s warm and the sun’s out, why not?



Recent reviews by this author
Unknown Mortal Orchestra IIBeirut The Rip Tide
Alex Turner Submarine OSTClive Tanaka y Su Orquesta Jet Set Siempre No. 1
Robyn Body TalkThe Concretes WYWH
user ratings (21)
Chart.
3.6
great
recommended by reviewer
Girls Album

Comments:Add a Comment 
thediamondcanopy
April 29th 2010


511 Comments


1st comment. Cool beans, I wanna check this out.

alachlahol
April 29th 2010


7505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i'm creeped out by the vocals, enjoy the instrumentation

Ulsufyring
April 29th 2010


1724 Comments


do indie people ever shower? does that flannel ever get cleaned? do bla bla stupid generalizing questions?

Kiran
Emeritus
April 29th 2010


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

do bla bla stupid generalizing questions?

i was being facetious!

Digging: Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson

Ponton
Emeritus
April 29th 2010


5815 Comments


good, smoothly flowing review

i might actually listen to metal on the beach.

Digging: Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were

Kiran
Emeritus
April 29th 2010


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this was supposed to be a blog post but ya know

Ponton
Emeritus
April 29th 2010


5815 Comments


haha i have no problems at all with the first paragraph, it sets the mood well for this



Knott-
Emeritus
April 29th 2010


10198 Comments


review = awesome. obviously. tempted to pick this up since, well, im in cadiz, and ive not had a day in 2 weeks without being on the beach.

SmurkinGherkin
April 29th 2010


1770 Comments


i'm in need of some summery stuff; will get.

Ponton
Emeritus
April 29th 2010


5815 Comments


haven't been to the beach in ten years :/

Ulsufyring
April 29th 2010


1724 Comments


sure you were thats why you pretentiously expalined it to me

Kiran
Emeritus
April 29th 2010


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im in cadiz

ahhhh you lucky, lucky man

i'm in england. it's raining. i have exams.

: (

Knott-
Emeritus
April 29th 2010


10198 Comments


insufferable kinda sounds like your name

Kiran
Emeritus
April 29th 2010


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sure you were

damn you got me

alachlahol
April 29th 2010


7505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

what is this angry, grungy, goteed, black-clothed metalhead doing in an indie thread?

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2010


10545 Comments


some people can't tan and that upsets them

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2010


8387 Comments


I mean, just to digress for a moment, does anyone listen to metal at the beach?
been there, done that haha ;)

good review Kiran.

Enotron
April 29th 2010


7695 Comments


sure you were thats why you pretentiously expalined it to me


That comment probably doesn't do any favors for stereo-typed metal listeners.

AggravatedYeti
April 29th 2010


7685 Comments


no no
I think it helped

Blindsided
April 29th 2010


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is good.
I have diff album art thou.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy