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Album Review

Engine Down's third studio album, Demure, finds the group making quite a departure from previous albums, as they explore the moodier inner-workings of oneself. This departure finds the band with a heightened sense of emotional release, and although musically there isn't anything remarkably impressive or astonishing, the band has found a solid base of poppy indie rock melodies to focus their attention on. Demure's largest achievement comes in the form of singer Keeley Davis, whose nondescript vocal approach captures the sullen melancholy to drive each song forward. Restricting themselves from overly energetic riffage or technical achievements, Engine Down find great strength in cutting back on their musical exploration. "Detour" stands out as being the most compelling song on Demure; with Davis' wailing vocals and repetitive guitars, it recalls Aerosmith's "Dream On," an unexpected comparison. Sounding similar to groups such as Radiohead or the Ghost, Demure is an album that may turn many off with its lack of motivation. Those who give it more than one listen may find a band that has more depth and understanding of passion then any peers on the indie scene. ~ Jason D. Taylor, Rovi


Formed: 1996 in Harrisonburg, VA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

"Groove-oriented emprise brushed with shades of Drive Like Jehu and grounded in a rocking emo sensibility" begins to characterize Engine Down's musical demeanor. The quartet met in Harrisonburg, VA, before embarking on an eastward migration to the Virginia capital of Richmond. Comprised of former members of Sleepytime Trio, the Weak Link Breaks, and Bughummer, Engine Down debuted at the showing of a murder mystery flick. They first released a self-titled 7" through Lovitt in 1998; their full-length...
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