MP3: Shortwave Party – “Where to Begin”

“Where to Begin” is an enjoyably vigorous effort from Shortwave Party, a group from Austin, Texas. A distorted rhythm section and fleeting guitar jangles lead over hectic percussion and bass, finding a perfect placement between jangle-rock revivalism and swift indie-rock of today. Their Facebook page provides a more thoughtful summary: “If Florence Welch had separate love children with Johnny Marr and Julian Casablancas and those kids committed incest and that monster started a band.” The emotive vocals howl and whimper during the screeching verses, truly shining during a bustling chorus where she brings her voice as low as possible before erupting with an anthemic jolt. Shortwave Party appears to be on a quick rise to prominence.

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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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