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Album Review

The indie world breeds numerous four-band, self-produced, writer/musician auteurs, and perhaps Rob Crow is one of the most underrated. On To the Innocent, Crow plays vocals and guitars along with Elea Tenuta, his partner from the marginally popular Heavy Vegetable. Here the two assemble soft melodies and meticulous guitar work, along with cheap rhythm machines, to create a hovering symphony of understatement. Crow's gift is his knack for subtlety, which he rides endlessly on To the Innocent. Tracks like "Big Dumb Animal" exemplify this lo-fi aesthetic while accentuating the slow beauty of Crow's instrumental sensibility. What's most impressive is his attention to craft, both in terms of cheap production and unpredictable songwriting. Certain comparisons could be made to Unrest as both bands' main men (Crow and Unrest's Mark Robinson) work on numerous projects, but maintain their slow and darkly lit indie rock passions with aplomb. The tunes are constructed so simply that they leave a lot of room to hear the nuances that Crow places within their framework; small repetitive guitar runs ("Plenty"), male/female vocal harmonizing ("Rope Swing"), twists in time signatures ("Sunset"), and traditional childish indie-popisms ("Ketchup Sandwiches" and "Letter Bomb"). All in all, To the Innocent is a beautiful indie record that won't receive near as much attention as it deserves.

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lovely and stimulating the right person i suppose

i indulge in pinback like some sort of hypnotic dreary experience about every day. pinback has become a part of my reality, so i (very nerdily) like to research side-projects of its band members. thingy, honestly, sounds a lot like pinback. the frontman's voice is subtley accompanied by a lady. of course i like it because the departure is not so far from something dear to me. if you like pinback, thingy will be a welcome and interesting. personally, there's the "ob1" song, which seems to be about star wars, so i pass it because i'm not really an action movie girl-no disrespect to the whole operation. after a few listens on a plane ride, i'd say "rope swing" and "ketchup sandwich" over and over felt like something that i couldn't have possibly ever been without-genious-in my thinking. the whole album is beautiful really...


This is Thingy's second's amazing. Mayday starts the record off, and is one of the top 3 best songs on the CD. More Heavy Vegetable-like songs such as Hide and Seek are more hard-rock, while Rope Swing and Ketchup Sandwhich stick more to Thingy's first EP, Staring Contest. This really is an awesome's almost a continuation to Songs About Angels, Evil, and Running Around on Fire, their first album.


This album truley is amazing art! Rob Crow has some of the most talent musically as well as vocally of any person out there today! Pick this album up you won't regret it! also if you enjoy this album try heavy vegetable they are amazing as well! i-tunes does not have them but you can get the cd off amazon for really cheap!


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Following the 1995 dissolution of the quirky art-pop band Heavy Vegetable, guitarist/singer/songwriter Rob Crow and lead singer Eléa Tenuta regrouped in Thingy, which turned into one of the restless and prolific Crow's main creative outlets. Both natives of the San Diego area, Crow and Tenuta added bassist Jason Soares (formerly of Loader, Rice, and Stacatto Reads) and quickly cut a seven-song EP, Staring Contest, which was released on Heavy Vegetable's old label Headhunter/Cargo in 1996. Its drummerless,...
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