No Hits 5.8.06
Slow Death on the Schuylkill - The Snow Fairies
The Snow Fairies have a photo of a kitten nestled among flowers on their MySpace page. They also list The Rolling Stones first under "influences." Can you guess which one of these objects doesn't belong? Hint: the band is called The Snow Fairies.
These are some facts about them:
- Like more good bands than I count, they're from Philadelphia.
- Like many Philadelphians, they have a conflicted relationship with New Jersey. Viz. "New Jersey's only good for two things/Beer and bowling" ("The Stone Pony"). Later retracted in 84 things New Jersey is good for.
- They claim they sound like Heavenly, and they do. Often, in both senses.
- Yes, yes, yes, they're twee as fuck. Sigh.
- BUT, they write good songs. Man, they write good songs. With the exception of the icky and inexplicable "In The Kitchen" (like watching a pair of 12-year olds make out), every song on the album Get Married (eMusic, iTunes) merits repeated listen. And repeated listen.
- Get Married clocks in at 24:06. So you can listen to it more than twice in one hour.
- "Slow Death on the Schuylkill" is probably the record's "hardest," "rockingest" tune. It's about a long, bad car trip, one that may be even worse than the usual trial of heat and boredom and cramped legs. Key line: "Since '76, we've been sharing the same bad dreams/About the corner of your mom's house/That stays immaculately clean."
The Life of a Total Square - The Snow Fairies
A Different Kind of Bad - The Snow Fairies
My Dream House - The Snow Fairies