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Beltline

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Take a journey on the Beltline from Pavement to the Chicago post-rock scene, ending up at an atmospheric sound that is all their own. Beltline are one of those bands that attempt to make you complicit in what they do - ‘you’re an intelligent listener’ it seems to say; ‘you know how difficult it is to produce worthwhile work in this commercial system, so let’s you and I stick together against this tidal wave of dross’. I was expecting to subvert these comments with a smart pay-off but they damn well pull it off - ‘Bang/Head/Counter’ neatly balances traditional song-craft with more esoteric touches, with swirls of guitar, delicate pillows of organ and some bittersweet lyrics all combined in a kind converted cotton mill way. ‘Fits and Starts to Fit’ adds an angry swarm of guitars and disconnected double tracked vocals - so far so good, ears pricked - and by the third track you think you’ve got it worked out, smile to yourself and recall your own fondness for Steve Malkmus, think the review is finished… But wait a minute: where have all these accordions and vibes come from? This sounds more like something from the Sea & the Cake, the cusp of folk and jazz. Then treated guitar waltzing around with cello… oh it’s alright, the Malkmus influence is back, guitars misbehaving with no regard for traditionally soloing, there’s a really good thick chorus and the disintegration is handled really well. Then the easy work for the reviewer as it alternates between aforementioned influences. The cello is back for ‘The New Rules’ and this melancholy lighters aloft stormer ingratiates itself further with the reviewer - with its Built to Spill reference, I’m mentally adding an extra mark. I’m complicit alright, on this and on ‘Without Lights or Sound’ they seem to have found the magic formula between atmosphere and dynamics, the latter having an especially excellent guitar freakout at the end that could be set alongside the controlled explosions of Bedhead. Then just to keep us Americana critics on track, ‘The Encore’ brings on the banjo, brushed drums and downbeat vocals, the formula that gets us every time.
- David Cowling, May 2005 - Americana UK


Discography

"Welcome, Nostalgia" CD (KEEP Recordings)
"These Things You Do At 4am" CD (Jealous Butcher)
"Amatures on Platic" Teenbeat comp (MyMeanMagpie)
"First String Teenage High" Tullycraft comp (Bumblebear)

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Bio

Started off a recording project, turned into live band. Songs are stripped down power pop. Been playing in various configurations for 5 years. This group of players has been together for about 1 year. Influences include: Sebadoh, Husker Du, The Jam, The Spinanes, Wipers, Sonic Youth, etc.