Album Review: ENORMODOME

This review was published on on November 18, 2016. 

I’m a musical agnostic.  Sure, I want the rapture to jump out of my speakers and grab me just as much as the next girl, but I’m generally unwilling to drink the Kool Aid of hyper-fandom.  I simply don’t want to (for instance) be screamed at by a man-child who hasn’t yet begun to grasp life’s actual injustices, or be sneered at, via complicated jazz solos with downbeats I can neither count nor dance to.  I don’t want to tune in, turn on, and drop out on deep, dope beats a computer once dreamed, drowning in a sea of epilepsy lights.  I just kind of like it when talented people say insightful things, musically.  I like it to be a little rough around the edges, but only because it’s pushing its own limits into consistently interesting territory.  I especially like smart rock and roll that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Enter Enormodome’s second and self-titled album, which somehow bypassed all of my unconscious snobbery calcifications and proceeded directly to my brain’s soft, vulnerable pleasure-centers, where it has remained.  A duo comprised of only Jeff Lusby-Breault (guitar, vocals) and Mike Seitz (drums, vocals), both veterans of formerly signed and nationally recognized acts (Mercy Fall and Telescope, respectively), the collaboration represents a harnessing of significant experience, insight, creativity, and visceral power.  If Enormodome could say one thing to you, it would be: “We are greater than the sum of our parts, and so are you.  Let’s rock.”  And for general reference purposes, The Black Keys, Middle Class Rut, Audioslave, Jack White, & Queens of the Stone Age are some stars in the same genre constellation, FYI.

I’ll talk about the live show momentarily, but let’s start with the experience of putting your car in drive and pushing play, settling in for a nice long listen, starting with track #1, The Kids.  This is the moment where, if you’re like me, literally everything can go wrong.  One grandiose musical gesture and I will shut it down.  But hey!  Unpretentious, vibrant riffs, driving beat, some dialed-in vocals right away, interesting but sparse lyrics – a crunchy, summery, fuck-it kind of feel; a sexy, wry hook. (Click to hear what I’m talking about.)  I like going from one phase of the song to the next – radio friendly format yes, but organic too.  I’m not in love, but nothing’s antagonizing me yet.

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