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About To Be a High Powered Executive
Members: Clarke Curtis, Noah Hrbek, Michael Lassins, Mike Marks, Craig Rockwell
Five cats from the Cleveland Institute of Art obviously learned something at school. doesnt everyone secretly want to be a high powered executive? Only if it means being able to be in this band – an instrumental rock outfit that found a dream and captured it in its slovenly jowls. Their sound includes songs ranging from three-minute math-pop blasts to ten minute-plus space operas. You know they brought the guitar power (two of them!) with pounding drums, and a thumping basss. But their secret weapon is the glockenspiel…..that will help you feel…..really fucking good about being alive. -ropeadope digital
To Be A High Powered Executive We Dont Want It Safe, We Want It Secret Ropeadope Digital
The beauty of instrumental music is in its variety. From jazz to progressive rock to whats often termed post rock, bands that form over a love of the artnot some half-assed messageare those that are often the most memorable. Ohios To Be A High-Powered Executive stand out among the veritable glut of modern instrumental indie rock bands in that they maintain a solidly slow groove that propels their songs into sometimes darker territory than that of the better-known Mogwai or Explosions In The Sky. While undoubtedly similar, they dont take the aggressive route of rockers Isis or Pelican or rigidly stick to whats now a traditional formula for this type of music. Instead, the songs on We Dont Want It Safe, We Want It Secret mesh melody with stripped-down substance (And The Trees Became Chairs), epic and sweeping soundscapes (the 11-minute They Gaped, They Gasped, They Stared), and a solid sense of pop (Consumation, and opener Building the Fort, which introduces listener s to the bands liberal use of synthesizers). Thankfully, To Be A High-Powered Executive seem to know exactly when to change things up and the albums varying moods and tempos take listeners on a journeywhich is what instrumental rock albums are supposed to do. We Dont Want It Safe, We Want It Secret is an impressive debut that ranks among the years best. David A. Cobb, Houston Calling www.houstoncalling.net