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Album Review

Blunt Mechanic's 2010 debut album World Record features singer/songwriter Ben Barnett's particular brand of lo-fi indie rock that touches on '90s slacker rock, '70s soft rock, and punk. Having spent years on the Seattle music scene helming various other projects, Barnett's World Record is a kind of melodic rebirth and re-envisioning of Barnett's past success with his band Kind of Like Spitting. In that sense, we get a slabs of over-driven guitar, thudding drums, and angsty double-tracked vocals with lyrics that seem to spill from Barnett's mouth stream-of-consciousness-style, but are clearly well-planned out and introspective. To these ends, such tracks as "Thrown Out at Third," "Aluminum & Light," and "Our First Brains" are catchy, melodic indie rock moments that reveal a heavy and well-earned debt to such bands as Pavement and Sebadoh. That said, Barnett's own lo-fi take on this sound is unique and singular enough that listeners should set such comparisons aside and simply crank the volume.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Essentially a solo vehicle for singer/songwriter/guitarist Ben Barnett, the Seattle-based Blunt Mechanic formed around 2008. Barnett had previously helmed the similarly inclined Kind of Like Spitting from 1996 to 2006, when the band broke up. Featuring Barnett's knack for noisy indie rock, '70s-influenced power pop,...
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