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Planting the seed

“We think about it as a team,” she said. “Watching so many bands for so long and standing in the audience, I was like, ‘I want to try that.’ After playing by yourself for so many years and seeing what level you can reach with so many musicians coming in, you pretty much have to.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Downtown Tulsa 

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Mack truckin’

9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 

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Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission 

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The Morning After Girls — Alone

Reverb-heavy, song-lite rock

Stephen Carradini January 18th, 2011

Reverb’s been going through a revival lately. After the raw guitar tones of grunge killed the reverb pedal for the better part of 20 years, it’s been coming back everywhere.

Instead of using it for chillwave or dream-pop, The Morning After Girls go back to 1991 and stomp their pedals to make shoegaze. They do a good job of modernizing the sound; it’s not the genre that’s off-putting about “Alone.”   

The band cleans up several of the trademark moves of shoegaze for a modern audience: the guitars, while still loud and reverb-heavy, have a much more direct tone than often heard in shoegaze. It’s loud and hazy, but it’s not just one big sheet of distortion (à la Jesus and Mary Chain). They even introduce an acoustic guitar as an important player in their sound. The vocals, which traditionally were buried in the mix, cut through the sound with few effects. It’s a solid sound that doesn’t ring dated.

The problem is that the songs just don’t stick. No matter the genre, there’s got to be something to take away from the album. For whatever reason, I can’t get these tracks to imprint on my brain in any meaningful way. There’s nothing wrong with the tunes — they’re just average. They are nice while I’m hearing them, but I have no desire to hear them again after I’ve moved on.

This may be in part to the moods that the band tried to channel: It made it clear that the songs were written to evoke the emotions associated with being alone. The songs are far noisier and faster than what I usually associate with loneliness, but some of my discomfort may be from picking up on the forlorn, claustrophobic feel of being by yourself.

The Morning After Girls’ sound is a solid reworking of a lost genre, but the songs are a tad off-putting. If you’re a real big fan of the reverb revival, I’d pick this up; otherwise, I’d look into Exit Calm for your reverb rocking.  — Stephen Carradini

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