McWeakerton is an indie rock group comprising of Chris Coble (guitar/vocals), Will Mauchmar (bass) and Alex Yeomans (drums). They released Lungfishopolis which is a nine-song indie rock album.
“Hollow Bastion” is the first song and it sounds very kind of “indie” right off the bat with a number of riffs which sound like a mix between “Where Is My Mind?” by The Pixies and Modest Mouse. The band changes riffs quite frequently keeping it fun. The best part is somewhat with question the vocal harmonies the band pulls off.
The band continues with “Whine” which is pretty straightforward garage rock with a number of well executed time transitions. “Lungfishopolis” is the title track which lands somewhere between Weezer and math rock. I loved the hi-hat work on this song. The vocals were also well executed in a raw cathartic type of way.
“Sleeper” is fun and further digs into this start and stop formula and is perhaps their best attempt at it. The vocal harmonies which reminded me of Car Seat Headrest are well done. A somewhat lost in time indie rock band Islands came to mind when listening to “Ghetto Blaster.” As the album progresses the band has a good amount of success with “Eden Stevens,” the Pavement-esque “Red Herring” and math rock infused “Last Weak.” They close strong with “Splitscreen” which has a number of solid vocal harmonies.
Lungfishopolis sounds a little like the band's demo before they go to work with an engineer in a studio. The recording quality where this music thrives is somewhere early Pavement and Modest Mouse records. I would even put a band like Car Seat Headrest in that mix. It feels like a sound where Steve Albini would thrive and make the band's sound come together. Raw but organic. These songs sound more like a home recording but the band is doing all the right things to be putting themselves in the right position. I thought these short songs have an ADD- like quality and never left me bored. There was always something around the corner.
Overall, this is a very good first showing from the band. I’m definitely interested in hearing where they go from here.
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