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Album Review

See a band name and album title like The Pestilence Is Coming by the Minor Leagues, and the first thing that comes to mind is "Please, no, not more screamo kids," right? That's what makes this debut album such a pleasant surprise. Featuring a conceptual and musical reach last seen in indie pop during the heyday of the Elephant 6 bands back in the '90s, The Pestilence Is Coming is a rather glorious chamber pop epic, featuring a total of 42 musicians and singers (including the four bandmembers) working together on a loosely structured concept album that faces the end of the world with a cheerful brand of lightly psychedelic indie pop. Structured like an old-fashioned double album, with each set of songs marked with side designations, The Pestilence Is Coming flows beautifully, with sprightly pop/rockers like "Expatriates" segueing into moodier dream pop explorations like "Social Club" through expertly deployed musical interludes and found-sound tape-loop freakouts. The songs are unfailingly melodic, and the arrangements varied enough to keep the listener's interest through the album's extended running time. Fans of everyone from Beulah through the High Llamas and Polyphonic Spree to the Flaming Lips will find a lot to love here.

Customer Reviews

actually pretty good

this is a pretty good band. i found it when i was searching random stuff and i kinda like them

An Overlooked Gem!!

Outstanding album from start to finish.
If Ray Davies, the Elephant Six collective and Phil Spector made an album, this would be the result. It's not often that I listen to a CD three times all the way through on the first listen, but this one deserved it.

Four guys from Cincinnati, with about 38 of their friends, contribute to the album. Not all of the 38 appear on each song, but with the wall of sound music approach, you might think they do.

Handclaps, mini string section, horns, multiple percussion instruments, glockenspiel, xylophones all fit in with great guitar, bass, and keyboards playing driving indie rock n roll.

And the lyrics are great to top it all off. Ray Davies type subject matters dealing with everything from Grand Openings ("the spots where I learned to live either moved or died or their owners did"), Social Clubs ("I wore my best out just for you and you're just talking to yourselves"), company loyalty ("The days turn into years, the plans of youth have disappeared. When will you realize, it's time to cut the company ties") and lost love ("I never got the hang of hanging out with the pretty girls. On my mind again, but it's never what I think it's going to be").

For fans of Ray Davies/The Kinks, Elephant Six type bands (Apples in Stereo, Beulah, Of Montreal) and The Weakerthans.

The Pestilence Is Coming, The Minor Leagues
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