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Why There Are Mountains

Cymbals Eat Guitars

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Album Review

Cymbals Eat Guitars steal brashly: "Cold Spring," for example, ruptures into what the band could only have referred to in practice as "the Modest Mouse part," all perverse locomotion and hoarse bleating, while the ramshackle wordiness of "Indiana" evokes Stephen Malkmus plainly, without reservation. Elsewhere rise great leviathans of ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead guitarissimo and noble falcons of Sufjan Stevens brass. These guys are second-rate thieves, in other words, stealing at will but without the authorial command to make these goods their own. But, standards be damned, that doesn't mean Why There Are Mountains isn't also a lot of fun — particularly on opener "And the Hazy Sea," which sends the aforementioned leviathans vaulting over passages of simmering quietude and scorched-universe howls, the sort of immediate classic that bands start first albums with. It's the only song that manages to make its own statement, but even so, the band performs some novice alchemy elsewhere as well, transforming all the shameless pastiche into something of a reminder of classic indie rock's greatness. They're a far shot away from all that, but if nothing else, they prove they've got their eyes on the right destination.

Customer Reviews

Simply Fantastic

From the opening notes of "...And the Hazy Sea," I knew I was in for a treat. Yes the band cribs from Modest Mouse and Dinosaur Jr a little. But you know what? I could care less. The sonic oddities and massive hooks speak for themselves. Beautiful album, sick new band. I'll be keeping an eye on them.

cymbals eat guitars

i saw these guys live in omaha and they where just as good if not better live. one of the best concerts i've seen. this album is amazing. these guys are no thieves

U rock Matt

matt is my cousin and an outstanding drummer


Formed: 2008 in Staten Island, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

An indie rock band from New York City, Cymbals Eat Guitars made their critically acclaimed full-length album debut in 2009. Founded one year prior, the band comprises Joseph D'Agostino (aka Joseph Ferocious; vocals, guitars), Matt Cohen (guitar), Neil Berenholz (bass), Matthew Miller (drums), and Daniel Baer (keyboards). D'Agostino, the band's chief songwriter, first began playing with Miller in high school. Starting in the tenth grade, the two performed covers of songs from the first two Weezer...
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