steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Procedure Club

"Music for the Leisure Time" CDR

Series Two

Genre: shoegaze chaos

New Haven, CT

March 2010

Caking their melodies in feedback and noise with a diligence that would make the Jesus and Mary Chain proud, New Haven's Procedure Club troop through this whimsical lo-fi record's worth of chaotic shoegaze. Adam Malec plays guitar and keys and programs the drums, while Andrea brings the echo-heavy vocals. The combination works on cataclysmic “You're Not Poignant” and brilliantly volatile “Turn Your Boat Away,” but the band should be wary of those moments when their songwriting is buried in too much sonic rubble (busy but hook-bereft “Eastern Parts,” tinny “Better Parties”). After all, feedback may have defined My Bloody Valentine and the Cocteau Twins, but it was songwriting that made them worthwhile. Still, on several songs here the duo proves that they've got ample chops, and when everything aligns Music for the Leisure Time features some downright merry noise.

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Michael Tau

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2009]