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Album Review

A Seattle band drives over a thousand miles to Chicago to record with Steve Albini, and this is the result — a record that only escapes the sludgy bombast Albini slathers on everything he touches through its strong resemblance to Slint. That might not sound like an entirely appealing result, but it's far better than one might suppose — Engine Kid pulls off its Slint-y constructions rather well, finding a certain grace in their slower moments. It's only when the dynamics explode and rev up that the unfortunate "Steve Albini produced me" quality rears its ugly head.


Formed: 1991 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Engine Kid was one of the many indie bands of the mid-'90s that emulated post-rock/noise rock pioneers Slint. But unlike most of those who swam in the Louisville band's wake, Engine Kid weren't mere imitators. Formed in the early '90s in Seattle, WA, the band originally consisted of bassist Brian Kraft, drummer Chris Vandebrooke, and guitarist/vocalist Greg Anderson. Vandebrooke would eventually vacate the drum stool and was replaced by Jade Devitt. The group made their recorded debut with a 1992...
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