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Let It Rest

Sorry About Dresden

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There's no doubt about it: the 1990s were indie rock's decade. But since its heyday, many of the groups who helped define the sound of the genre have either fragmented or continued to evolve. As the scene itself has split off into finely pointed sub-sections, there has been a move by some contemporary groups to reaccess the halcyon days of the indie sound. Sorry About Dresden is just such a group. Nebraskans Matt Oberst (vocals/guitar) and Matt Tomich (bass) even chose Chapel Hill, NC — longtime hotbed of indie rock — as their base of operations. The move might not have had anything to do with the city's musical history, but it creates a nice parallel for the influences that weave their way through Let It Rest, Sorry About Dresden's March 2003 release. From the raucous, manic pop guitar line of opener "Beds and Lawns" to "This House Unhomed"'s chiming guitars and sardonic, overly dramatic vocals suggesting the Wedding Present, Dresden would have likely fit right into their adopted hometown's scene circa 1995. None of this is to suggest that Let It Rest is a bad album; on the contrary, it realizes many of the sounds that filled the band's previous output. Tempering the more rocking moments of Let It Rest are touches of pedal steel and organ that again suggest indie's ability to lay a grid across numerous genres, and draw from all of them at once.

Biography

Formed: 1997

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Chapel Hill, NC, indie rock combo Sorry About Dresden was formed in mid-1997 by vocalist Matt Oberst, guitarist Eric Roehrig, bassist Matt Tomich, and drummer James Hepler. Debuting early the following year with the single "Crusades," the group also appeared on the compilations Pet Sounds, Vol. 1 and The Bridges of Dissonant County before issuing the full-length The Mayor Will Abdicate in late 1999. How the Cold War Began appeared...
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