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The members of this Sterling, Virginia fivesome must have figured that they hit on something on their sophomore album, the Bon Iver/Iron & Wine-ish Mount Hope, as they’ve outdone even that effort on Old Friends. Right from the opening Shins-like “Yellow Hall,” they steadfastly forge lush, fecund folk-pop that’s in step not only with Simon & Garfunkel's Bookends classic “Old Friends,” but with contemporary freak-folk favorites and Sub Pop bands-with-beards breakouts (Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper, Band of Horses). Except the Pygmies are darker, less Crosby, Stills & Nash and Brian Wilson and more the 4AD-style “peaceful yet somehow ominous too” Zeitgeist. Chris Taylor and mates’ idea of mysticism is a long day’s journey into night, right through the seven-minute epic closer “Pals,” and like the Eugene O’Neill drama, there’s much under the surface that will lead to shuddering. ~ Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover, Rovi


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

A genre-bending experimental sextet from Sterling, VA, Pygmy Lush juggle punk, lo-fi, screamo, post-hardcore, and moody folk-rock, sometimes all at once. Formed in 2005 by ex-pg. 99 members Johnny Ward and siblings Mike and Chris Taylor, along with Mike Widman and David Krepinevich after the dissolution of previous bands Malady and Mannequin, the band released its volatile debut album, Bitter River, on the Robotic Empire label in 2007. Woven throughout River were bits and pieces...
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