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1090 Club Proves Darwin Right With Natural Selection

Posted by Scotio on March 2, 2009


1090 Club is a dynamic young band from Montana. I know. Montana of all places. That’s a state that doesn’t pop into your mind when you’re thinking music. Especially when you’re thinking creative and remarkable indie music. Having already released one album via SideCho Records(Shipwrecked On Shores, for those wondering), this four piece comin’ straight outta Billings(A little quirky humor) sets the scene ablaze with their sophomore offering Natural Selection. College radio lovers should be prepared for this application of Darwinism.

Right out of the gate, the lads set the bar high with “ITSON.” Yes, it’s all one word. The track is infections and furious(for the standards of the Indie Scene). The foursome settles all questions with this welcoming address. Megan Dibble beautifully applies a string section for the song that brings in a brooding and moody presence that battles against the uptempo drumming of Steve Serfazo and the nonchalant tenor of Mike Galt’s voice. At times Sean Lynch’s guitar work best with Megan’s work, and at other times it completely contradicts it. Going from simple and assisting to distorted and attention grabbing. With ambiguous lyrics, it’s not hard to apply the concept to anything from relationships to politics. Parents of intellectual students attending a university, be warned: they now have a new theme song with this cut.

For “Conversations,” Megan takes up the helm at providing the lead vocals, with Mike offering her backing assistance. 1090 throws in some soft lo-fi electronic sound for this song, which would initially confuse the listener. Yet, allow it to play to the chorus, and you begin to feel akin to the song. Specifically if you’ve ever been in a relationship where things start to wear thin. Without getting heavy into details, you can feel the caged frustration and defeatism that has overcome the narrator. With lyrics such as “It has always amazed me, the type of things that you will do/ To get what it is you want done” you know that the end is nigh.

The track “Claire,” is tragic song. Not in the sense of it sounding bad(though it does sound like Mike recorded his vocals at home), it’s for the content. The subject matter being that of telling of someone whom is no longer walking the earth. At first, you start to discredit the song due to the strange mixing of Mike’s vocals. Yet, keep it going for a bit more and it gives a new realm to the whole song. Allowing it to become something more personal and not some studio concoction. The thing that which pushed away ends up drawing one in closer, in the end. Another track that has such strange vocal mixing is the proceeding track “Hearts.” Though, where “Claire” stood out for it, this seems to slightly hold back “Hearts.” Which is a shame due to the fact that the music for the song is so alluring.

“Happiness” is the most true-to-form Indie song out of the whole bunch. Bringing such a powerful sense of DIY, you’re almost tempted to believe that the track is a live performance featured at some house party event. It’s one of the most straight forward tracks on the album. Telling the tale of a love gone wrong, but still in action. It makes the situation uneasy and the narrator holds fast to disturbed disappointment in the other as strongly as they hold onto the love. A great song, and sure to be played by those annoyed by the ones they love. “Do (An Act),” the last song on the ten track release, escorts listeners out just as brilliantly as they welcomed them in. Megan takes to plucking the strings on her violin for this song. It’s a small little thing that adds such a huge element to the song. It, to me, steals the show for the release(I love little details). There’s one small lyric that stands out the most to me: “Archenemies align.” It’s seems like the best analogy I’ve ever heard of someone looking at two people involved with each other.

Anyone whom saw their set up and believed them to be another form of The Fray will be forced to reset their views after hearing this album. Those unfamiliar with the group and are a part of that “College Indie Radio” listening coalition needs to perk up their ears to tune in for these musicians. They aren’t built for mainstream. It’s true. It’s not harsh, it’s honesty. And, honestly, they’ll find much more success with a dedicated fanbase willing to snatch up tickets whenever they come to their town. That’s the type of people that these Montana natives will attract. Maybe growing up on the open range allowed them to flourish their creativity just as widely. Montana should be proud.




2 Responses to “1090 Club Proves Darwin Right With Natural Selection”

  1. Barry Clearwater said

    Nuttin’ wrong with some good tunes out of montana!

  2. spacedout said

    i didn’t know there were even bands from Montana! i’ll be waiting for you to come to my town!

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