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Six Shots of Fresh Clever Alt-Rock Which Sound Good Too

Of all the bands with roots in 80s/90s Chapel Hill -- this is my favorite. Not as slamming hard as Archers of Loaf or challenging to listen to as Erectus Monotone. Not as jangly as the Connells. Not as weird as Spatula. Not as funky as the Veldt. Not as bluesy as Greg Humphreys multiple ensembles. No, Balsa Gliders are a band where cleverly worded lyrics and engaging arrangments deliver catchy memorable tunes on subjects outside the norm in this genre. Here we have an album talking about hot young debutantes finding themselves unfulfilled and serenaded by yokels in an Amarillo dive bar. Or a couple of DC lawyers arguing over whose enui is greater. Or a song about Hollywood California. Or about the time when cable television finally arrived in Kinston, North Carolina, to the delight of the exclusively self-auditing powers that be.

This is clever alternative southern Rock and Roll - make no mistake. It aint techno or hardcore or math rock -- and it ain't eccentric weirdo music either. No. It's just fun, and musical, and smart, and plain old great.

And every song on this E.P. is equally good. The same is not exactly true of previous release Danceable in Victor which suffered from a couple of misfit tunes better left unincluded unless you really want to see the range of this North Carolina ensemble.

Ben Hopkins

Balsa Gliders new album, Photographic Friends is a short, but gleaming gem in the world of overproduced modern music. Balsa Gliders is like a grown up college band, or maybe a college band for grown ups who don't really want to be "grown up." This eclectic group of musicians includes an Episcopal Priest and a physician, and their music has appeal for 20-somethings and 40-somethings alike. It is difficult to classify their sound; they have a strong Indy or Alt-Rock feel, but if that isn't your thing, don't let that stop you from giving Photographic Friends a listen. From the driving rhythm of the up-tempo Cooleemee Girl to the more melencholy Star of the Stars, these musicians with other day jobs show that they have the chops to produce a quality record. If you like querky, snarky, or just clever lyrics, or if you happen to be from North Carolina, give Cable Comes to Kinston a few favorite turn of phrase is: "sitting still in a duck blind sweating off gin." Its fun, its Rock'n Roll like you've not heard before, and it is different. And you should give it a try.

Photographic Friends - EP, Balsa Gliders
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