Expert Alterations’ Finely Tailored Jangle

April 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm | Posted in Cassettes, indiepop, Jangle | 2 Comments
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You can only buy so many reissues of the Monochrome Set, Close Lobsters and Josef K, until you feel like you’ve been cheated. Actually no one has ever seen fit to reissue a Close Lobsters album. What the heck? Obscure and influential, these bands seem to generate a lot of interest from record collectors, but there are very few current bands that I could link to any of those bands.  That was up until a few weeks ago when I read this @poolhoneys tweet, and now thanks to Baltimore, Maryland’s Expert Alterations I no longer have that problem.

Playful bass lines percolate to your ears while moody vocals and jangly guitars abound on their self-released cassette/bandcamp EP that deserves to be more than just a cassette/bandcamp EP.The EP is five songs. The first two tracks Venetian Blinds and A Bell display some superb Scottish influenced power jangle, while Midnight Gardens could be a distant relative of the Monochrome Set’s He’s Frank.

This trio also released a split cassette with the equally excellent Wildhoney for the this year’s Baltimore Popfest. Between these two acts alone,  Baltimore has an indie pop scene to envy!

stream: Expert Alterations – A Bell (from their self-titled Cassette)

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  1. Ah, this band emailed me tonight. I’ve been enjoying it so far. The first Close Lobsters album, Foxheads Stalk This Land, got reissued (CD only) a few years ago, by the way.

  2. I totally missed that reissue. Looks like there is a two for one CD of Foxheads and Headache Rhetoric which is quite convenient for the initiated. It would be even better if they’d have stuck What Is there to Smile About one there as well.


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