Author: Rob Patterson
05/19/2005 | Harp | Album Review
Imagine Nick Cave fronting the Velvet Underground playing on the ferry across the River Styx to Hades and you get an idea of Mayday's third album. This low-tech indie rock rumination on decadence and mortality mixes brushstrokes like '50s rock and pop, country hoedown, classicist strings, soul and jazz horn accents, mope rock and more within a 14-song set that's surprisingly catchy despite the dark subject matter. Mayday's Ted Stevens is quite the prolific artist -- he was also in Lullaby For The Working Class and plays with Cursive -- and boasts a vivid lyrical and musical imagination, which helps his pitch-challenged voice effectively convey mortality with a toe-tapping appeal. So when Stevens howls "I'm Not Afraid to Die," one is inclined to believe him after listening to this vivid dance with the notion of death.