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Album Review

"Solitary Man" begins Slowride's sophomore record with a quiet, acoustic country number, before launching into "Smoke Cigarettes," which is more Stooges then the band's usual references (like Jawbreaker and the Get Up Kids). The third track (the angular and catchy "Panther 1") confirms that this isn't just a lucky shot — the group has progressed beyond its debut to an eclectic and distinctly impossible-to-box-in sound that maintains the pop hooks of Lawrence, Kansas punk, while venturing into a more timeless rock groove. Building a Building is propulsive and emotional, both dirty and glimmering, and it takes Slowride, like the Anniversary, into the realm of unrestricted rock and roll. At times ("New and Entitled"), Slowride sound like Weezer circa Pinkerton, but then they'll follow a track like that with something entirely different (the atmospheric and shuffling psychedelic country tune "Sacrifice v. Apathy," in this case). Building a Building is an album to be proud of: it's filled with as many great hooks as a Foo Fighters record, all sorts of references (there's even a little Pixies in there on "Panther 2"), and is varied enough to validate wearing out the disc with repeated play.

Biography

Formed: Lawrence, KS

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Born and bred in Lawrence, KS, the members of Slowride compose an infectious punk sound similar to the likes of Jawbreaker and Pennywise. They're also rockers with a sweet side, deriving catchy fun melodies. The band — which is composed of Dan Phillips (guitar/vocals), Rob Marchant (bass), and Steve Visneau (drums) — hooked up with famed indie producer Ed Rose (Appleseed Cast, Brandtson, Get Up Kids) to record some songs for their Deep Elm debut in late 2001. The fruit of those...
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