From Indian Lakes
The Man With Wooden Legs


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (73 Reviews)
July 7th, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I would like to be loved and I am trying my best, But the devil is inside me and he is coming out through my chest

Introspection. A quality every artist who yearns to write personal and emotional music must possess. Think back to every lyrics based album you ever fell in love with. Now imagine that the lyricist didn’t ask any questions or that he/she failed to dig deep into his/her soul and merely pandered to a generation grasping for nothing short of the musical equivalency of garbage. That album doesn’t seem so great now does it? But is it possible to ever have ‘too much of a good thing’?

Brothers and sisters I have no answers! I have no Brothers. No Sisters. -I Have No Answers

From the opening frantic shouts of the record we see that front man Joey Vannucchi does not claim to have the answers, but he does have questions.. many, many questions. The issues that Vannucchi delves into with great passion are not ground breaking; touching on topics such as doubt, faith, or love is commonplace in nearly every indie release. But the most common clichéd pitfalls of dabbling in said topics are avoided throughout the entirety of The Man With Wooden Legs The most predominant theme to found on this 2009 release would be of faith. As broad a subject as it may be, the members of From Indian Lakes manage to personalize it on a level not unlike As Cities Burn’s magnum opus Come Now Sleep. With self-deprecating lyrics and humility in realizing that mistakes have been made and will continue to be made, From Indian Lakes portray a sense of maturity past their years.

If I was ever an imperfect son or a foolish boy, or a wretched child, I was only out looking for Jesus. I was only becoming a Godly man!" -The Man With Wooden Legs

As with most indie bands, the lynchpin for From Indian Lakes is the based upon the vocal capabilities of the lead singer. Vannucchi’s falsetto driven croons can turn into a harsh yell on a dime all the while creating a unique and exciting ride for listeners. Time and time again listeners hear a vast array of different vocal influences shining through these 11 tracks. Whether it be the earlier referenced Cody Bonnette of As Cities Burn fame or Jordan Dreyer of La Dispute, Vannucchi manages to encompass different styles while still maintaining his own personal sound, a personal sound that manages to blend perfectly with the soundscape behind him. Songs such as We Thought Your Heart Was Beating and We Are Invincible portray the young bands knack for the loud/soft dynamic while acoustic based songs such as I Am Aware display a stripped down version of the band. The most prolific and memorable song on the entire album is without a doubt Our Father Is Missing. This song exemplifies every single positive aspect that From Indian Lakes has to offer; Dynamic songwriting, thought provoking lyrics and soaring vocal melodies. With snaking guitar riffs and massive walls of sound behind a tight rhythm section, From Indian Lakes succeeds on nearly every single front a band could possible succeed. Save for one.

As alluded to before, From Indian Lakes may have strayed across the undefinable line into the unforgiving trap of ‘too much of a good thing’. I am all for a man attempting to exercise his demons through mean of questions and inner searching, yet there has to be a point in which asking 4 or 5 questions in a row becomes almost… gimmicky. Now I am by no stretch of the imagination trying to belittle the process of questioning nor am I trying to besmear the writing process of Vannucchi, for it has churned out many memorable lines and songs, I am merely trying to state the one minor flaw to be found amongst an ocean of imperfections. Take for example this stream of lyrics: When we look in the mirror do we see anything at all? Have we become nothing but the cracks in the walls? When we look outside, do we see anything at all? Was there ever really anything there? -We Thought Your Hearts Were Beating And that is not the only song with a steady stream of questions without any sort of answers.

From Indian Lakes is a band that managed to create something special on their first attempt. Taking influence from different places and combining them with their own unique twist to create one of the most enjoyable releases of 2009

I have been living this way since the day that I was born. I have been trying to change but I am so easily bored-Our Father Is Missing



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atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2012


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well what I tried to do was to write a lyrics based review for a lyrics based album.. but I don't know.. I just felt like writing something a little different than usual.

Our Father Is Missing is spectacular..

camaraderie
July 6th 2012


988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, a review for this! Album rules.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2012


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. I found out about these guys yesterday and i saw there wasnt a review, so i figured i might as well.

ZedO
July 6th 2012


1096 Comments


great job

have a pos

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2012


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well thank you

drasticaction74
July 7th 2012


1744 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

cool record

thesmile
July 7th 2012


24 Comments


whooppss..

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2012


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

On a scale of 1 to 10 i'd say this is a From Indian Lakes album.. lol

But in all honesty I couldn't tell you. I've never really gotten into Animal Collective.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2012


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And in case anyone saw that last comment, i accidentally had my brothers account logged on not mine

Storm In A Teacup
July 7th 2012


13167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, it got me to check out a couple songs and now I'm buying the album.

wacknizzle
July 7th 2012


13540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review man, I'm really digging this right now.

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2012


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's usually the point lol. I'm glad you guys are enjoying this cd. It was a pleasant surprise find

North0House2
July 7th 2012


5879 Comments


Awesome review. I saw like one grammatical issue, but it was just the absence of an apostrophe that should've been in "bands".

Otherwise, awesome, I'm really digging the first track I'm listening to by these guys.

Digging: Ef - Ceremonies

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 8th 2012


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man. I'll look for it tomorrow, it's just a little too late tonight for any sort of proof reading. And good, these guys deserve to at least be on a label. I didn't know until like 15 minutes ago that this was basically self-released.

camaraderie
July 11th 2012


988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This needs more attention.

camaraderie
August 30th 2012


988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=2873442

New song!

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2012


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well go listen to their new album!

MuhNamesTyler
April 9th 2013


4345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Such a wonderful band

Digging: Revocation - Deathless

RHCP1999
April 24th 2013


53 Comments


Is this only available as MP3? Cant seem to find any ph

RHCP1999
April 24th 2013


53 Comments


Is this only available as MP3? Cant seem to find any physical formats.



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