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Stapleton

Rebuild The Pier

Year Released: 2000
Format: CD
Label: Year 3000
 
Reviewed by Luke Younger on Jun 13, 2007
Another Scottish band! They're springing up all over the place in Collective this month, following on from Aereogramme and Eska.

Anyway this is a release that I have been waiting for, for some time. Having seen this band play 4 times in the last year and been blown away each time, I was quite excited about having a listen to their debut record. It's just a bit of a shame that on the first two tracks, there is a real problem with the mix of the instruments! Maybe you should totally ignore me, because I don't want to put you off from buying this, and I am really fucking wanky when it comes to stuff like this but the bass guitar is turned up way to high in the mix. Okay that aside, I can actually get on to talking about the quality of the songs.

And quality they are. I think Stapleton are probably some of the finest indie-rock songwriters in the scene at this current time. Tracks like M is for Maps, International Departures, Shoulder Length Summer and Walter Brock Memorial Pool are sheer quality stuff, bringing to mind early Promise Ring, Braid and Superchunk. I think that the real highlight of the record is Learning Archery, a song which I could easily have on repeat for a good few hours and not get bored of. Wow. I also like the way that on Why Buildings Fall Down they really twist things up a bit and go almost math at one point. Something this band are doing incredibly well with a lot of their unreleased material which will hopefully see the light of day soon.

So all in all, a great debut record from this great band. The best thing Year 3thousand have released so far, and the best 'scene related' record I have heard for a good long while.

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