Author: Brian Fogarty
10/07/2006 | Exoduster.com | www.exoduster.com | Album Review
Coming out of the indie rock HQ of Omaha, Saddle Creek has added another 'one of their own' bands to their roster in Ladyfinder (ne). That is, Ladyfinger (ne) is composed of four guys who live in Omaha and have offered previous skills to bands like Mayday, the Faint, and Solid Jackson. And yes, the (ne) is to differentiate them from the other Ladyfinger and does represent Nebraska. Since Heavy Hands is coming out on Saddle Creek you probably have a general sense of Ladyfinger's sound. Somewhat yes, but it is more like Criteria smashed into early punk and dirty rock. Intense, grappling, and angular Ladyfinger go for the jugular on the opener "Smuggler" which begins lightly before moving into a classic post-punk shouting-singing chorus; and you are hooked to their distilled sound. The following nine songs fold out like "Smuggler" with heavy (often muted) guitar riffs, various enhancements, switches in tempo, and shifting sections to add spice. Tracks of note include "Cause of Shame," "Don't Lose Your Shadow," "…Man, Woman…," and "Who Believes Enough?" If you are fan of harder indie rock and post-punk then there is little chance you won't like Ladyfinger (ne).