Porcupine is a band with a straight-forward approach, although their music is far more evolved and interesting than their humble attitude might lead you to assume at a first glance. There's something on their 2012 LP "The Sensation Of Being Somebody" - Something special that brings together the sophisticated pop songwriting of artists such as Elvis Costello, with atmospheres a la Television, mixed with the grit and dissonant chord progressions typical of post-hardcore (think Fugazi, Jawbreaker).
This 12 track record starts with a kick in your face as the pounding riffs of "You Go First" make for a perfect garage rock hit, followed by the quasi-ballad "Feels like I'm close", with a really interesting contrast between the dissonant intro and the vocal harmonies of the chorus. The record flows consistent in the sound, brilliantly borrowing elements from so many different musical "sources" that a geek like me would almost get excited trying to spot them: one moment you are in the 60s, then there is a song that could sit very well on the last Wilco album (Calendar), and another track, you'd swear the guitar tone is as well crafted as that of the legendary band Dinosaur jr. A really enjoyable record that finds strength in Porcupine's chaotic, yet clever musicianship, balancing lightness and darkness, hard-hitting, fuzzy riffs and melodies that are easier on the ear. Definitely give it a shot if you like good alternative rock with a retro twist.
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