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Destruction Island

"Preaches the New Wilderness" CD

Rural Wolf Records

Genre: indie rock, rock, pop

Sep 16 2008

Named after an actual location in their home-state of Washington, Destruction Island plays dramatic pop music that sticks quick. A rock band at heart, the members of this fourpiece are scene veterans, and their experience leads to a well-polished album delivered with an unmistakable professionalism. Looking at the track listing, you half-expect pretentious emo or math-rock ("Casually Finding a Torso on a Sunday Morning," "France!!!," "Sex With Strangers: Being Young and Stupid"), but that couldn't be further from the truth. Destruction Island is an exceptionally accessible band, but also one with a distinct sound of its own. New Wilderness is alive with strong songs; obvious highlights are rapidly transitioning "Good Reincarnations," twangy ballad "The End is Near!!!," and Trail of Dead-esque "France!!!" But a strong supporting cast of songs helps keep this album thriving, with very few songs falling flat. I am not in love with awkward "Holy Waters" and promising but unfulfilling "Pissing Contest," although Counting Crows ringer "Putting Down the Dog" and electric "Sex With Strangers" are pretty solid. If I may select the album's hidden gem, it would be the warm "Would It Kill You?," which has a nice, understated charm.

Just over half an hour in length, New Wilderness seems a lot heftier. Thanks to its eclectic nature, these eleven songs flow like a rapidly shifting adventure, keeping the listener engaged throughout. Its end ("Holy Waters") could have been better, but as it is, New Wilderness is a very satisfying debut album from a promising young band. Keep an eye on Destruction Island.

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youuuuuuuutube!: "put down the dog" live, "torso" live, "good reincarnations" live

Matt Shimmer

Fun Fact: Destruction Island is well-known for its lighthouse, which was built in 1888 and maintained for two centuries (the light was shut off for good in April). Apparently, there used to be keepers who lived in the lighthouse, but this ended in 1968, when the lens was automated. Being a lighthouse keeper on Destruction must have been a pretty interesting profession, considering the island is otherwise uninhabited.

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by CD Baby, released 2008]