ARTIST / BAND: Alamo Race Track
SONG (MP3): The Northern Territory
ALBUM: Black Cat John Brown
FILE UNDER: Indie
LABEL: Excelsior Recordings / Fargo Records / Minty Fresh
INFO: Black Cat John Brown combines familiar sounds in unfamiliar ways, like several radio stations playing all at once. Some tracks have an identifiable post punk syncopation (most notably the absolutely scorching "Northern Territory"), others are more like echoy, countrified blues ("Black Cat John Brown"), and still more are fairly difficult to classify: a quieter Pixies, early Radiohead with pizzicato strings, Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips with The Strokes, and more. At all times, the tracks are aggressively melodic, frenetic, and driving.