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The Districts

Popular Manipulations

Fat Possum

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Indie rock, as we know it today, is so entrenched in recent history that many new bands feel familiar and therefore breed contempt. To state that the genre is dead is commonplace nowadays and that's heartbreaking. Popular Manipulations is a vibrant, biting and tactile slice of the inspiring power of indie rock. Album highlight "Rattling of the Heart" aches with the defensive wit of frontman Robby Grote as he laments on familial loss and love. Guitars crash and syncopate in a way that typifies the live Districts experience as choruses compound into a gutsy and ferocious climax.

Grote's melodies are sharper than ever and the boosted recording quality gives The Districts some much-needed space to solidify their distorted tales of divorce ("Capable") and busy loneliness ("If Before I Wake"). On their second release, The Districts are imbued with the power to make long-stay names of themselves in a genre they're frankly dominating right now. (  

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