The Convenience of Indecision
10/23/2001 | The New Scheme | Album Review
I will come out and admit I was very ready to dislike this record from the start. The press sheet starts off by saying that though this band is from Chapel Hill, NC, that they have a lot of ties to Omaha (outside of being on Saddle Creek). Two of the members are originaally from Omaha, one of which is the brother of Conor Oberst, the guy behind Bright Eyes. Bright Eyes is probably one of my least favorite underground musicians around. So, right off the bat I was really lacing up the boxing gloves to go after this record. But I will admit that it is much better than I had anticiapated. Sorry About Dresden are a full on, four piece rock band with their roots squarely in wimpy indie rock. But they can also throw down a catchy, tougher moment when need be. The best example is “One Version of Events", which is easily the catchiest song here. Musically they fall somewhere in between the Omaha emo of Cursive, and the more conventional rock of Superchunk or even the Pixies. I don't know if this is one of my favorite records ever, but it is a very pleasant surprise. It's also one of the more original indie rock bands that fall into this sub-genre, and the twelve songs here have more than enough surprises to keep things interesting.