Pewter Cub: If You Can Hold Your Breath
Whatever could, hopefully, connote to you, dear reader, a sense of: sweet but dark, chilly but alluring, dark and moody but tight and twirling.
This local trioâ€™s tunes strike beguiling balance: rhythmically-rousing up against an atmospheric swoon of teased distortion, melodious vocals over storming-guitars. Most of the pop-ish hooks or noise-rock-leaning acerbic-accents are softened, lulled or frayed into a predominantly fuzzier texture blanketing Â each song…
These songs donâ€™t have a place, per se, or a set seasonal sensibility: altogether chilly and nocturnal at once but at other points warmer and syrupy in tone. Like a dream, songs are dashed and dotted with what would otherwise be potentially perpendicular elements (guitar shreds over breezy-melodies or caustic psychedelia under dulcet soulful ballads) and like any dream, it all seems, somehow, to make sense at the timeâ€¦
But yeah, that low gurgling bass and buzzsaw guitar will recall some of the good ol’ late 80′s/early 90′s indie rock icons… But dig deep enough through Breath and you’ll start tracing Pewter Cub‘s own distinctive signature swish upon that certain noisy/pretty, rough/rhythmic -style.
Some are ballady slow-dances, some of are angsty surf-rock tumblers.Â Â Certain guitar timbres crackle an almost wintry vibe, yet thereâ€™s these nostalgic fuzzings of something autumnal. The warm syrupy bass tones radiate a summery sense but then thereâ€™s the get-up-and-go/cicada-buzz-spurring guitar-noise-freak-outs of a springâ€™s bright blooming. “Shoegaze” or whatever you want to call it, always invited a sense of heavy layers, a pop-song caustically coated, distorted. Pewter Cub drape this dazzling sheen over their own plate of pop…a divider almost, keeping it from ever being too ballady or too lullaby-ish.
Feb 2nd – 2013 – @ P.J.’s Lager House – 1254 Michigan Ave, -Detroit – 9pm
PEWTER CUB “If You Can Hold Your Breath” LPÂ Release Party!wsg/ BLACK LODGE (…a second and long-awaited reunion)…& PINK LIGHTNING