TITLE: Out in the Light
YEAR RELEASED: 2011
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Really really doubt it
LINEUP: Van Pierszalowski, Brian DaMert, Greg Sellin, Andrew Wales, Sara DaMert
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Former Port O’Brien leader forms new band that’s at times louder and heavier than his former folkie outfit.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Port O’Brien was definitely more on the gentle side of the indie rock spectrum, but the first cut on Waters’ debut (“For the One” is as loud and distorted as anything in the indie scene.
Not everything is that raucous, with some gentler cuts like “Ones You Had Before” echoing Pierzalowski’s past band, but the emphasis is on louder guitars and faster tempos here, and there’s some spacey elements here too “Out in the Light”.
All in all, a good debut, kind of out of the blue, and the crunch of the guitars is welcome away from the twee folkie indie scene.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Pierzalowski formed this band in Oslo (!), recorded their first album in Dallas, but settled in San Francisco.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A-: It’s tuneful, and at times heavy and gentle. A good mix that keeps rewarding you