Volume 96, Issue 83
Friday, March 7, 2003

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CD REVIEW: Tangiers
More from the garage

Tangiers
Hot New Spirits
Sonic Unyon



Rundown: Toronto-based quartet Tangiers, composed of Yuri Didrichsons (guitar, vocals), Josh Reichmann (guitar, vocals), James Sayce (bass, vocals) and Marco Moniz (drums), make their debut with Hot New Spirits, after touring the local club circuit for a couple of years. With a bit more musical diversity, this album could have been an indie gem.

Key Tracks: On "Eyes Shut" the band takes long interludes, letting the guitars speak for themselves. In a very "My Generation" (The Who) inspired track called "Situation," the band stutters their way through a song that sounds like a seizure. "Return to the Ship" puts the focus back on Didrichsons's vocals, with some '80s dance background effects.

Sounds Like: This is the wrong time for another garage band. Although Tangiers obviously have talent, they will inevitably have to weather comparisons to The Strokes/Hives/Vines. Didrichsons's vocals sound like Jack White, but with a bit more range. With each song clocking under three minutes and the garage-punk image in place, comparisons to The Ramones could also be made. But lumping Tangiers with past great garage/punk bands wouldn't give them what they deserve – a fighting chance.

–Jessica Burgess

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