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Album Review

Sightings is composed of a guitarist, a bassist, and a drummer — just like a normal rock & roll band. The thing is, all three of them seem to be wholly devoted to the creation of screwed-up weirdo noise rather than rock & roll. And there's nothing wrong with that — just because it's a bunch of screwed-up weirdo noise doesn't mean it can't be fun. There's actually a logic to most of Arrived in Gold, at least after it opens with the dribbling chaos of "One Out of Ten." "Sugar Sediment" is almost ambient, with its guitar-as-dented-steel-drum ostinato and its marching-band drum. "Last Seed" invokes Muslimgauze in a twisted sort of way, and the album-ending "Arrived in Gold, Arrived in Smoke" stretches out in a distended, episodic sprawl that starts out kind of interesting and ends up being not much fun at all. Okay, so maybe some of this stuff can't be fun, no matter how optimistic you are. But much of it starts making sense if you give it a chance. Maybe you don't think that's very high praise for a rock & roll album, but then you probably don't buy much from Load Records, anyway.


Formed: 1997 in Providence, RI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Sightings' deconstuctionist noise rock removes the melodies and hooks of standard rock & roll, leaving a mash of growls and feedback -- from the high-pitched grind in the guitar strings to the groan inside a bass amp. It's a destructive post-punk mess that beautifully references weird outfits like Einstürzende Neubauten as well as the early-'80s no wave scene and noisy contemporaries like Wolf Eyes, Black Dice, Lightning Bolt, and Ruins. Sightings formed in New York City in 1997 with Mark Morgan...
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