Monday, September 14, 2009

Review -- BY 21 TANDEM REPEATS -- No Junk Mail Please

By 21 Tandem Repeats
When you read the bio for By 21 Tandem Repeats – yes that ranks up there with the lost unusual band names out there – they talk about being part of Vancouver's underground music scene.
Now the concept of a 'music underground' has always been one I have found rather interesting, and in many ways ridiculous. To begin with, the perception of an underground would be that a band operates outside the mainstream, where most have not heard of them. That makes zero sense for a band. Come on almost every band out there wants to attract a mainstream audience. If you make music, you want as many people as possible to hear it.
For those few bands that prefer general anonymity, they are either playing to a very defined group, see some elitist view in playing without being heard, or are so bad who cares.
So I do hope By 21 Tandem Repeats is looking to grow beyond the underground terminology.
I say that because these guys play some pretty fine tunes.
To begin with, these guys are Canadian through and through. It's cool hearing Saskatoon referenced in a song such as On Frozen Pond, and the former obscure Canadian Prime Minister Robert Borden is even mentioned in a song. How much more Canadian can you get?
Beyond waving the flag a bit in their music, and that is good to see in a country where all too often musicians seem to write for Americans, there are some very solid modern/folk/rock songs here.
In particular the lead cut; Summertime Will End When It's Over is a beautiful song. It sets the stage for the soft rock to follow.
Heidi Stopover is another top song, with a sort of haunting quality which works nicely.
While definitely rock, a bit of the old British invasion feel, By 21 Tandem Repeats also show they have a folkie heart, at least in terms of lyrics. These are generally songs which tell a story. The words paint a picture in the listener's mind. Nicely done.
I wasn't sure where this CD might go, but must say I was more than pleasantly surprised by the journey By 21 Tandem Repeats takes the listener. They might be underground, but they shouldn't be. They deserve a broader audience for this fine recording.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 26, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada


The Super Robertson Supper show said...

Excellent article my good man... good to see that there are still some fine journalists out there that adhere to the principles written on a bronze Plaque out there somewhere... if that said plaque hasn't been stolen and melted down for scrap metal already.

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