ARTIST: Velocity Girl
YEAR RELEASED: 1993
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Crazy Town, Audrey’s Eyes
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None
LINEUP: Archie Moore, Brian Nelson, Kelly Riles, Sarah Shannon, Jim Spellman
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A shoe-gazey alternative rock band from DC that found its way through the grunge madness, even while on Sub Pop, the home of grunge (sorta).
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After releasing singles and touring the East Coast, Velocity Girl was signed to Sub Pop and released their debut, a shoegaze-like record featuring hazy, distorted guitars and a vocalist (Sarah Shannon) whose bright voice was covered up in the crackly guitars.
That made Shannon’s vocals even more effective, as the listener had to focus on the songs as a whole to get the entire essence of the track. It revealed a band that wasn’t in step with the other Sub Pop bands, but found a niche in the market. The vocal melodies were enticing enough for radio, and the guitars and arrangements kept them firmly in the alternative camp.
The album has some missteps and clunks. For every great song like title track and the singles, there’s a song that goes on too long, or is an experiment that doesn’t quite work. In other words, a debut record.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Drummer Jim Spellman was a CNN reporter and is now a reporter on a DC based station.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE B+: Some tracks went awry, but this is solid, solid shoegaze stuff.