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Once again, Rex continue to refine their gentle, meandering brand of emo-core indie rock. Like an Afghan Whigs on Prozac, Rex's third full length features an increased attention on the violins, mandolins and cellos that subtly accompany the quiet, drifting guitars and bass. Although maybe just another twig from a flowering tree, 3 is powerful enough to play loudly, yet gentle and subdued enough for use as a soundtrack to peaceful introspection. 3 builds slowly and brightly like the best of today's burgeoning alterna-country bands. But to call their unique brand of rock music country would be selling it short. This is music with a subtle groove and more instrumental work than vocals. The clarity and crisp production of "One Stew" features guitar moments that recall the gentler side of Led Zeppelin, while the jangly "Balloon" reminds one of a sunny spring day at the fair. Unlike the off-kilter sparseness of earlier efforts, 3 reveals a Rex who fuses the rolling swagger of Palace with the prog-rock of Tortoise.


Formed: 1994 in Maine

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s

An early version of slowcore band Rex originated in Maine in 1991, but at the time, drummer Doug Scharin was devoting most of his time to slowcore innovators Codeine. In 1994, Rex relocated to Brooklyn. With bands like Idaho, Acetone and the Red House Painters helping to keep alive the pensive, brooding slowcore movement, Rex didn't waste any time recording their self-titled debut for Southern Records that same year. This record fluctuates wildly between gentle, meandering guitar lines and powerful,...
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