Spielbergs

Distant Star

By the Time It Gets Dark

May 10, 2018 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


Oslo-based indie rock heroes Spielbergs show some remarkable power-pop chops on this, their debut EP. Blending the charging, melodic surge of Superchunk with the arms-aloft overdrive of Japandroids, the Norwegian three-piece vault through opener "We Are All Going to Die," before picking out an early 2000s NY-inspired guitar-line on anthem "Daisy! It's the New Me."

Showing some breadth on the 8-minute-plus emo-prog of "Ghost Boy," the band's knack for memorable tune crafting and confident synthesis of their influences is further and more impressively illuminated. Launching into the ludicrously sugary stadium pop of "Distant Star," the Norwegians carve a deft, clear path toward the mainstream without dropping their DIY stance. On the ruminative, '90s alt-rock album-closer-that-never-was and dead-cert mixtape favorite "Setting Sun," they slow to a swaying, stoic shoegaze reminiscent of the delightful but often overlooked Drop Nineteens. This is a brief sample of treasures from a new band nodding to the past and imbuing their cross-genre stargazing with an ear for melody and an edge of excitement. (www.facebook.com/spielbergs/)

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