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Album Review

It's Winter Here is the result of what would happen if Pedro the Lion scrapped their Christian storytelling and if Mogwai sang on more than one song per album. From their delicate vocals that front a mid- to slow-paced guitar flow, the Jim Yoshii Pile Up also feature an array of distortion that thickens their sound without overstepping the boundaries of being heavy. Not necessarily pop, but rather sentimental in that they honestly express their feelings; which, going by the droning guitars that make up a big chuck of this album, are pretty melancholy. As heard on "Breakdown Champion," "you asked me what's my greatest fear, well, honey, it's living here earning $6.50 an hour." Not very uplifting, but true for any college grad or anyone else stuck in a rut.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Oakland, CA's Jim Yoshii Pile-Up began in 1997, when Paul Gonzenbach (vocals/guitar), Frankie Koeller (bass), and Ryan Craven (drums) began performing as a trio. The addition of guitarist Sikwaya Condon added much-needed new blood later that year, and the band took off, performing their unique brand of textured indie rock, including tender and harsh tones along the West Coast. Named in honor of Jim Yoshii, a high school friend of the band, the group released a self-titled EP on Yoshii's own Old Prospector...
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