Johnny Deerest is from Sarnia, ON, Canada. The band consists of Shawn Bentley (guitar/vocals), Jennifer Brace (bass/vocals) and Kyle Stewardson (drums). They released My Teepee which they describe as ’90s lo-fi. I would agree with that label.
“Putting Chaos Back Together Again” is the first song and is slowly moving. It drags but not in a bad way. The lyrics are interesting and abstract. As the song progresses there aren’t any major changes besides the vocal range of Bentley.
“Repetition's A Smack” is a fuller song with a more complicated arrangement. The band creates some notable grooves and even tries to go epic which is harder to do in lo-fi like this. “Gentle” is a gritty and dark tune and almost an early Pavement vibe with this song mixed with Guided by Voices.
“Chesterfield” is the ballad of the batch. Last up is “Blank Eyes (electric)” which is a slow burn very similar in energy to the first song. There are some well done background vocals by Bentley. This song reminded of a song by The Pixies but slowed way down and vacant of the punk energy.
I grew up on ’90s indie rock. The band does have a similar quality to the aforementioned bands as well as Yo La Tengo, Belle and Sebastian and other like-minded bands. This music definitely thrives in lo-fi. In this case some of the songs go beyond ’90s lo-fi. I do want about twenty percent more fidelity on some of the songs. There was masking of frequencies and also a little more separation would have helped.
The EP has a nice flow to it. It starts and ends with very low energy but they also do a good job in making the body of the songs fairly dynamic and quite often rock in a jangly ’90s type of mode.
Suffice it to say fans of lo-fi and some of the previously mentioned bands should enjoy this. Take a listen.
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