Reviews

Dusk

Author: Brian Baker
02/09/2009 | Amplifiermagazine.com | www.amplifiermagazine.com | Album Review
Ladyfinger (ne)'s 2006 debut, Heavy Hands, combined the foundational classicism of '70s hard rock with hardcore/post punk's visceral contemporary energy. With their sophomore release, Dusk, the Omaha quartet (who, by the way, did not add their parenthetical postscript when threatened with legal action; they heard there may have been another Ladyfinger and attached it to circumvent future problems) embarks down a similar path with perhaps a better sense of how to merge those two sonic ideas to create their uniquely hybridized identity.

Dusk's propulsive opener, "Over and Over," certainly has more than a little flavor of Dave Grohl's efforts with the Foo Fighters, from the thundering drum sound to the anthemic wall of guitar. At the same time, there is a lot in the song and throughout the rest of Dusk that points in the direction of Jets to Brazil and Sunny Day Real Estate, from the jittery counter rhythms of the appropriately titled "ADD" to the relentless siren pulse of "Work Party." Lead vocalist/guitarist Chris Machmuller has a fascinatingly unique voice, with a quality that exists in the tension between Grohl's contained howl and Julian Cope's upper register subtlety, which acts as an anchoring agent when the band's gear shifts from melodic (Dusk's epic seven minute closer "Born in the '80s") to chaotic ("Let's Get Married"). Dusk is a shreddingly powerful document of Ladyfinger (ne)'s enviable vision and refreshing lack of pretense.
Dusk

Dusk

CD / MP3




Releases

All »

Errant Forms

Errant Forms

LP / MP3


Dusk

Dusk

CD / MP3


Heavy Hands

Heavy Hands

CD / MP3


Merch

All »

Blue Moon

apparel


Beheaded

apparel