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Album Review

Haywood's posthumous final record is a charming mix of Superchunk-styled indie rock and tender, post-rock-influenced ballads. The New York quartet is clearly at ease playing incredibly fluid and slow-moving progressions, and the addition of spacy noises and dreamy percussion make said songs worthwhile, but their quality take on the dirty, guitar-driven Chapel Hill rock sound still makes for most of the disc's standout moments. Whether pushing through the Archers of Loaf grooves of "Hotel Bar in Moscow" and "Button up Buttercup" or rocking in a direction all their own, the band makes a strong case for being the purveyors of a slowly dying sound. Sure, there is a strange vocal resemblance between singer Ted Pauly and Mac McCaughan of Superchunk on a number of occasions, but it really seems to be less of a tribute than it is the work of an equal. Haywood was a solid indie rock act whose final effort may well be their best. It's a shame the band has called it a day, but it's a wonderful parting gift they've created with We Are Amateurs, You and I. ~ Peter J. D'Angelo, Rovi

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Upon their formation in 1992, the lineup of Ted Pauly, Rob Viola, Jeff Paretchan, Ariel Serbin, and Danny Barria would be otherwise known as Haywood to their Philadelphia hometown. Inspired by the likes of Archers of Loaf, Pavement, and the Replacements, the band would take on a melodic but complex sound of their own as they would release a handful of singles through various labels. Not too long after their relocation to New York City in 1997, Magwheel Records would release their debut full-length,...
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