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Album Review

The title of Austin rock quartet Black Before Red's debut album, Belgrave to Kings Circle, suggests a British connection, and the band's music backs that up. Marc Dickey, Marc Ferrino, Michael Macicak, and Kevin Schneider work up an eclectic pop sound reminiscent of the '60s days of Swinging London, that time when any self-respecting group tried to get different, unusual sounds out of its instruments and the studio equipment for each track. Their music is less suggestive of the Beatles, the progenitors of that approach, however, than it is of the Kinks, perhaps because of the consistent lightness of the arrangements and the timbre of the vocals, which bear some similarity to Kinks leader Ray Davies'. Davies, however, never wrote lyrics as elliptical as these, full of imagery and aphorisms that don't quite add up, no doubt deliberately. Maybe it doesn't matter what Black Before Red is singing about, however, when they're doing it this tunefully.

Customer Reviews

Melody Rules

This CD is full of graceful, carefully crafted pop tunes that take you on small adventures to places you might not normally go. The very stripped down sound keeps you in close and holds you tight while you wind through a few curves and go over a few hills, down into the valley and back up to the top of hill again. This Americanized Brit pop takes many cues from over the pond but feels right at home when all is said and done. Ferrino's voice is warm and inviting, and as soon as you get too close, he'll keep you at arms length with a witty phrase that may be a backhanded compliment or just social commentary. Great, sparse and ever-evolving, energetic arrangements keep things more interesting than their Austin counterparts in Spoon. Well done, Texmates.


Some of the songs seem to have a Beatle..esque/Spoon quality to them. mellow in some places, british rock sounding in other places.

pop rock music with balls!

i recommend this cd to anyone, not only is this a beautiful cd, but these guys also put on a great show


Formed: Austin, TX

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Austin, TX quartet Black Before Red blends breezy indie pop with the mellow stylings of the Sea and Cake. The four multi-instrumentalists are Marc Ferrino, Kevin Schneider, Josh Huck and Marc Dickey. I Eat Records issued their debut album in 2007, titled Belgrave to Kings Circle. The...
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