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Kentland, Indiana, United States

Kentland, Indiana, United States
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"THE GOLDEN RATIO by Caroline Keys"

Theanti is another product of Omaha's indie rock scene that boasts Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes as its alpha male. Omaha transplants Josh Ramon and Marc Nelson are at the core of The Golden Ratio—an EP so short that the reviewer has room to give play-by-play attention to each of the three songs. So here it goes:

The first track, "Am Fed I Mean," starts out bouncy and distorted then gradually gains layers of harmony and builds in intensity. About a minute in, a classic speed metal guitar solo appears behind the singing, wh

ich has by now given way to shouting. The sing/shout evolves into a crash cymbal-heavy instrumental break, which then condenses to feedback.

The feedback from "AFIM" finds its way into the intro of "Ghost of Mother Nature," a song with hardcore guttural singing backed by Hendrix-styled guitar. The song escalates into a psychedelic shitstorm before its denouement and closes with a single accordion note.

"For the Last 24 Hours" is a 43-second airy and hippie-fied acoustic guitar ditty with lines like, "For the last twenty-four hours I've been thinking about flowers." Three incredibly different tracks prove that these guys are no one trick ponies. (Caroline Keys) - Missoula Independent

"Theanti/Lamps - Dot with a Dot in a Dot Dot Dot Theanti transforms from a murky improv/ambient band into a gritty rock'n'roll machine"

by: Stephen Carradini

Theanti's half of Dot with a Dot in a Dot Dot Dot (which you can hear here) astonished me. I'm used to stuff from Inderma Records being almost impossibly indie - as close to indecipherable as possible, but still retaining that last shred of melodicism. Whether it be ambient, improv or even singer/songwriter, I expect undefinable weirdness from Inderma Records.
That's why I was floored when cohesive song structures busted out of my speakers. I was even more amazed that the stuff was incredibly tightly recorded - I've also come to expect odd, lo-to-mid-fi recordings from them.
But the thing that really blew my mind, spun me on my head and let me know that Theanti is committed to being as unexplainable and indefinable as their previous releases is the fact that even though these songs are real songs and not experiments, they're still entirely unclassifiable. Theanti combines the raw speed and intensity of punk, the aggressive yet artsy melodicism of post-hardcore and the gritty clang of indie-rock to create songs that burn with a raw passion that is extremely rare. These songs are powered by adrenaline, and although there are still rhythmic freakouts, they serve to further the purpose of fist-pumping rock'n'roll.
Opener "The Cancer Generation" is the epitome of Theanti's evolution, jumping back and forth between quickly-strummed gritty guitar lines and slower, melodic sections with layers of angst-ridden vocals cascading over the top. It sounds like all of the best aspects of MeWithoutYou with a searing, honest shot of realism replacing MWY's brooding moodiness.
"What Keeps You Alive Can Kill You" swerves even closer towards pop music with (dare I say it) memorable melodies amid the yelling and clanging. It sounds a little bit like the punk revival that Latterman and the rest of the New York punks are creating. But right when it starts to seem like something, it changes - the rhythms that the drummer infuses here really swing the sound towards something recognizable to listeners of post-hardcore and old-school emo.
"We Are Ruins" has a catchy melody augmented by a nifty rhythmic pattern - and the vocals are even sung. The best rhythmic freakout of the entire four songs is captured here, before bashing into the most straight-forward rock section of the entire set. This is stuff that Mars Volta fans would eat up, for sure. The guitar and drum work here is nothing short of torrential. It's fantastic.
"People Like to Talk" would be a three-minute pop song, if Theanti didn't go and make it more interesting by adding sampled clips of people talking and wild, passionate, barely-contained vocals. It just serves to show that sometimes the most unexpected thing an unconventional band can do is throw something conventional out and show just how bad everyone else is at doing it.
Theanti continues to amaze me with each release. Inderma Records is actually selling this split (for 5 bucks, but still, they're actually selling something), which is a new development as well. Maybe everyone's growing up. Maybe the world is ending. For sure, you should check out this split, because if Lamps is half as good as Theanti is, this will be something you regret missing.



Cutting Shoulders, EP
Inderma Records Volume: 1
Theanti LIVE at the Irving Theater
Split w/ Lamps: Dot with a dot in a dot dot dot



THEANTI: [thee-ant-ee]
From Omaha to Indianapolis the Midwest has homegrown some of the most innovative "indie" music in the world over the last decade. The duration of which Kentland, Indiana natives Josh Ramon and Marc Nelson have been writing/recording in bands together since they were discussing music from across the classroom.
The two twenty-three year olds began honing their sound around the turn of the century; Creating and performing their eclectic blend of psychedelic-pop & indie-rock inspired by artists like King Crimson and David Bowie, as well as their Midwestern peers Cursive, Joan of Arc, and Margot and the Nuclear So & So's. Following an East Coast tour in May THEANTI was chosen to perform alongside The A.K.A.'s and Casket Architects at the 2008 Warped Tour via the Kevin Says stage. Having previously performed with the likes of Maps & Atlases, Brazil (immortal records), The Bronze Episode (eyeball records), Collections of Colonies of Bees (polyvinyl), Zookeeper (bell city pop), David Costa (skeleton crew records) and countless others. Currently half way through releasing a series of ep's that serve as demos for their full length album, POLLEN, under their current alias. Expect more collaborations with old and new friends, including long time musical companion Chris Schiro (he can be heard doing back-up vocal .. tracks from the last 2 ep's). Meanwhile they will be touring North America through spring of 2009, followed by their first overseas excursion.