Author: John Mariano
02/03/2009 | Two One Five | www.215mag.com | Album Review
Ladyfinger (ne) (they had to change their name due to copyright issues) sound like a bad Drive Like Jehu cover band without the complexity or subtlety that the latter conveyed. With lyrics that could have spewed from the mouth of any bed-wetting 15 year old, this is Jimmy Eat World meets early At the Drive In, and yes it's as bad as that sounds. The press release describes these songs as "intense" and "aggressive," but all I hear are the same three chords repeated with classic lyrics like "You big dummy, the dark days are over." Holy Hell, are you serious? One of the only redeeming parts of this train wreck of a "rock" album is the bass work. Ethan Jones does an amicable enough job keeping these songs somewhat tuneful and on point before they descend into cliché power chords and "oh-wee-oh" vocals. If you value your time and/or sanity at all, leave this one alone to wallow in its own self loathing.