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Let It Rest

Author: Adam Roncaglione
09/23/2003 | Decoymusic.com | www.decoymusic.com | Album Review
What do you do if your sibling blazes a trail into the indie-rock mainstream, if there is such a thing. What if you also happen to be a musician and aspire to greatness? Do you ride his coattails into the sunset, and cash in on your family name? Not if you are Matt Oberst, co-founder of Sorry About Dresden, whose brother is none other than Bright Eyes and Desaparecidos mogul, Conor Oberst. Matt O and Matt Tomich, joined forces to create their own indie masterpiece and prove that this family is more than a one trick pony.

We all know by now that Saddle Creek is the safe haven for unknown Nebraskan artists to get their name on the map. Sorry About Dresden put a small twist on it. When Matt Oberst (vocals, guitar), moved from Omaha to North Carolina he hooked up with Matt Tomich (another former Nebraskan who had moved to the the tri-cities) to play music together. Using their Omaha connection as the basis for their music, they hooked up with Eric Roehrig (vocals, guitar) and James Hepler (drums) to round out the lineup for Sorry About Dresden. They have released a few Ep's and 7 inch records over the past few years, and now Saddle Creek have given them a nice home to call their own.

There latest full length album "Let It Rest," shows some real chops. They seem a bit confused about it all. Are they straight indie, a little emo, alt-country? Whatever it is, I'm sold. You can tell right away that the guys are a little older and mature. Their sound is anything but immature. The track "The Approaching Dawn" sounds like a weird mix of Fugazi and Cursive, with an explosive math rock/hardcore intro and razor sharp stops and starts. It's all here, the twangy guitars, slow indie breakdowns, and surf rock solos. It certainly is footloose and fancy free, reminding me of my mid-nineties youth, when being independent meant something. These guys make me smile thinking of my old Jawbreaker and Archers of Loaf records. One of the standouts on the album is the 2+ minute ballad "Relax, It's Tuesday." A Little acoustic guitar, slight organ tones, and some finger snapping make it a perfect dream escape. We know that over the past year that independent artists have began taking over the scene, much like the mid-nineties when alot of bands played make or break with the major labels. Alot of these gen-x'ers will bite the bullet, but true grit rockers like Sorry About Dresden will be here to fall back on. Hopeful they will prove that they will do anything but "Let It Rest."

8/10

RIYL:

Jets to Brazil
Cursive
Clem Snide
Neil Young
And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

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