The Hibernauts â€“ Periodic Table / 2007 Self / 7 Tracks / http://www.thehibernauts.com /
While the opening of â€œOff Key And Violentâ€ does not sound much different from what a countless number of indie rock bands are doing at the current, The Hibernauts step up their game immediately and come forth with a catchy, hooky set of vocals. Of course, the instrumentation is driving and supports the vocals much the same way that the latest Death Cab For Cutie album did. Hints of Weezer, the Bay City Rollers, Matthew Sweet, and other disparate acts unite together to give The Hibernauts a sound that few individuals have ever heard before. â€œSleeping In Spaceâ€ is another tracks that follows in the styles first broached by The Hibernauts during â€œOff Key And Violentâ€. I donâ€™t mind the track, but the band seems to throw in individuals to this track without any further context to what â€œMission 221â€ may be.
This problem is further compounded by the fact that the band thought it would be funny to go and make into gibberish the vocals for each of the tracks. Still, the band plays a strong, stripped-down style of indie rock that comes forth into pop glory quite a few times on â€œPeriodic Tableâ€. What is perhaps the strongest part of The Hibernauts has to be the fact that they are able to keep individuals interested during increased runtimes. Thus, each of the tracks on â€œPeriodic Tableâ€ (with the exception of â€œScissorsâ€) is well over three and a half minutes. The band straddles a very thin line, where their high amount of repetitions on â€œPeriodic Tableâ€ could get them in trouble. Their superior musicianship and arrangement skills here are way the band ultimately succeeds on this EP. Search out this EP if you like electronic-infused alternative rock with more than itsâ€™ fair share of indie rock. Each of the tracks here could conceivably be a single.
Top Track: Sleeping In Space