Thursday, March 02, 2006

as the band played on

i've had enough of a fascination with songs that reference other bands, that back in college i managed to put together an entire two hour set of such songs. my favorite amongst them is today's song from the athens, ga-based band, the Gerbils. the group was a project that featured several members of Neutral Milk Hotel and Olivia Tremor Control (Scott Spillane, John D'Azzo and Will Westbrook). the fuzzy pop is familiar, but the nasally vocals made them stand out amidst the web of friends and their interweaving musical projects. "Crayon Box" is from their 1998 debut album, Are You Sleepy? and contains references to Portastatic and Sebadoh amidst a bitter reflection of a jilted lover who enacts the petty type of revenge behavior that would be familiar to anyone caught in a relationship on the outs.

the Gerbils "Crayon Box"


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