This is the second EP in My Favorite's 3 EP series about Joan
Of Arc. At least, if you believe their press it is. Personally,
i find this disc to have about as much to do with Joan Of Arc
as The Clash's London Calling. That is to say
-- there is no obvious connection at all.
My Favorite's music is typified by being about the meaninglessness
of suburban American life. How this relates to a woman who led
an army against the invading English and was eventually burned
at the stake, is beyond me.
However, does it really matter? I guess not, but i read this
stuff on their
website and i wonder what it means. It distracts me and
annoys me by hinting at "artistic pretentison".
However, My Favorite's music is good enough to make me forgive
them. This is a band that understands the glory of a 4 / 4 rhythm
with strong bass riffs and soaring synthesizers. I love that
80's sound, and this is another fine release by this retro influenced
band. There are only 4 tracks, so let's take a quick look at
each of them.
The EP starts off with Le Monstre, in which sometimes
vocalist Andrea Vaughn sings a frustrated tune of extended convalesence.
Something about spending "5 years in the infirmary" after a
car accident and mourning the growing distance between oneself
and one's freinds. The lyrical content is pretty dark and dreary,
but Vaughn's voice is high pitched and seemingly happy, while
bassist Gilbert Abad thumps away a might bass line worthy of
Peter Hook at his best. It's actually a great, fun song.
The next track is a typical paen of suburban angst from vocalist,
synthesizerist,and band-leader Michael Grace, appropriately
titled The Suburbs Are Killing Us. This is a good little
synth-pop number. It contains that bittersweet blend of nostalgia
and despair that i loved on Love
At Absolute Zero. This is another fine song in that
This bitsweetness is carried into The Black Cassette,
a nice poppy tune featuring Vaughn on vocals again, this time
describing life as a bored teenager. The chorus on this one
is very nice, with Vaughn's voice soaring and Grace backing
her up. I listen to this and i wonder: what is actually on "the
black cassette". My bet is a mix of New Order and The Smiths
-- maybe Brotherhood on one side and The
Queen Is Dead on the other.... At least, listening to
the music, those are the two most obvious reference points.
My Favorite wrap up the EP with a song that is completely a-typical
for them. On John Dark (A Simulation) an echoy piano
plays atop strange sounds of a crowd of people talking. There
are heavily distorted vocals from Mr. Grace in there as well,
distorted so that they almost blend in with the recorded crowd
sounds, and are about as intelligible. In all honesty, i find
this song vaguely creepy.
On the whole though, My Favorite have given us another fun
little EP to tide us over while we wait on the inevitable Smiths
reunion tour. Three songs of nigh perfect pop. You can't beat