Death to the Details' Death to the Details | Record Review | Indy Week
Pin It

Death to the Details' Death to the Details 


click to enlarge 3.18-musicreview-details.gif

The compelling blend of steely angularity and colorful melody of Triangle trio Death to the Details suggests one of architect Frank Gehry's gleaming, cornerless creations: Despite the varied angles and assorted odd constituent shapes, everything seems to flow together seamlessly. The jagged imprint of D.C. post-punks like Jawbox pops up frequently, though the malevolent strut of "Black Rover" and churning squall of "Fifth Guitar Fronter" recall Chicago punks Naked Raygun and Breaking Circus, respectively. But for every bit of storm, there's an equally impressive downbeat drift, like that of "Autumn" or the textured jangle of high school recollections in "Breezeways and Snow Days." It all fits.

The words shaping the songs from beneath work, too. Brian Overington paints dense figural stories with smart rhymes: "Twenty Something Miles" employs travel metaphors and an image of a hospital ward as a springboard for contemplating family. The somber "Resurgam" recounts a friend's suicide: "The trouble with being so smart was your demons were just as bright."

If you're looking for a piddling complaint, these 10 tracks—devoid of a dud as they are—don't offer one particularly galvanizing track. It's hard, though, to quibble with such a well-built debut.

Death to Details plays two shows this week: The Reservoir Wednesday, March 25, at 10 p.m. with The Alcazar Hotel and Instant Jones (Donate generously, or better yet, buy the album at 10 p.m.); The Cave Saturday, March 28, at 10 p.m. with Rooster for the Masses.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Record Review

Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

Love it! All the songs are beautiful!

by Jon Champion on Record Review: The Return of The Veldt, The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation, Is Great (Record Review)

This release will be available Friday December 4th here:

Thanks! …

by Scott Phillips on Review: The electronic excellence of GNØER's Tethers Down (Record Review)

You should have let Currin write this. One of the best singers on earth and these were your observations? sounds …

by Remo on Record review: Jeanne Jolly's A Place to Run (Record Review)


© 2017 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation