Saturday, August 20, 2005

Killing you gently

As a band name, Popstar Assassins is a little disingenuous. Because these Seattle guys certainly have popstar potential (in the indie sense, naturally), yet aren't gonna slay anyone with their unthreatening, ear-friendly sound. The obvious corollary is The Shins, though Popstar Assassins' song structures are probably a little more traditional (strictly verse-chorus-verse) and they rock harder and noisier. I also hear The Smiths, particularly in those affected--sincerely affected--vocals. (It's like that line from Breakfast at Tiffany's, "She's a phony, but she's a real phony.") I can't find specifics on who the Popstar Assassins players are, leading me to believe this is a one-man DIY band with friends who play backup when required.

Their latest album, Moderne, is available at Insound.

Symbols/Shelter (mp3) - Popstar Assassins

Goodbye (mp3) - Popstar Assassins

Transcontinental (mp3) - Popstar Assassins

Panic (mp3) - The Smiths


Anonymous TimT/PSA said...

WoW! Thanks for the review! It's cool to get one out of the blue like this!

I'll gladly fill you in on some of the deliberately mysterious group details (and mail you the full CD), you need only ask...


timt (at)

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