TITLE: The Heart’s Tremolo
YEAR RELEASED: 1994
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Be Like That
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No
LINEUP: Jenny Toomey, Kristin Thomson, John Palmer, Andrew Webster
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: DC area band and record label owners second full length runs into a rut of same-same and bad production.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I guess I DON’T have to follow the hipster crowd on some things. One of these is this Tsunami record.
Critics loved this band, but they must have seen them live, because on record they sound flat, have same-same songs, and have mixing and production issues. I can her fits and starts of songs that sound good, but when they get to the chorus it blurs together, at least in my ears.
Tsumani has a great DIY and independent legacy, and I don’t mean to belittle that. It’s just…I don’t get this record. It’s probably on me.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: After this, they took a hiatus as Andrew Webster finished his degree.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE C: It’s probably a cop-out review but I’ll exile this and see if my ears perk up for their final album.
TITLE: Deep End
YEAR RELEASED: 1993
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe if you frequented indie record stores in 1993 or so.
LINEUP: Kristin Thomson, Jenny Toomey, Andrew Webster, John Palmer
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: DIY to the extreme DC area band releases first album featuring some interesting sonic contrasts between guitar and voice.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Thompson and Toomey loved music and playing in bands, but hated record company BS. So they formed their own band AND record company. Total DIY. It worked out.
This record has some high points. They are very similar to Velocity Girl with noisy guitars and female vocals mixed a bit down. However, it all ran together for me. In short bursts, on shuffle with other tracks, this would be great. One after another, not so much. The problem is that most every song follows the same pattern.
Tsunami’s ethos and DIY spirit are admirable, though, and one wonders why other bands didn’t follow their lead. Thompson and Toomey did have a great work ethic. That may be part of it.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Their record label, Simple Machines, is defunct but you can still order stuff.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: It’s just repetitive for me. I’m keeping it in my catalog because it would be great on shuffle on a 90’s playlist.