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"you're the best thing I never had"

I defined "The Age of Backwards" as a seven minute masterpiece, but the Bat vs Bird EP makes me crave a full length release from The Spells. The distinctive drumming of Rachel Carns (Kicking Giant, The Need, King Cobras) propels the dueling guitar interplay of Mary Timony and Carrie Brownstein. Initially I missed the vibrato vocals of Corin Tucker from "The Age of Backwards" and felt that on the official release each member had written a song in there individual style without combining forces and then performed a lo-fi handclap cover of the Who's "I Can't Explain." The Bat vs Bird EP has a thematic continuity and sonic range that makes me roll my eyes at the critically overrated Wild Flag.


Genre: Alternative

Helium frontwoman Mary Timony and Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein joined forces as the Spells, debuting in mid-1999 with the K...
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