Boulder Creek, CA-hailing indie-rock outfit Indifferent Mechanics have put their spin on ‘I’m Waiting for My Man’ by Velvet Underground. Considering that Vanessa Paradis and Bowie have already attacked the cover, it was hard to see how newcomers could add a slice of ingenuity to the table with it. Yet, they discernibly succeeded with their 70s punk, 80s goth and 90s industrial influences.
You’ll pick up hints of Poison Ivy in the production, Nirvana in the drums and the mellow bass lines while the vocals allow Waiting for the Man to carry the same nostalgic rock n roll edge.
Indifferent Mechanics cover of Waiting for the Man was released on February 24th. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.
Review by Amelia Vandergast
Starting off as a modern hyperpop dance/rock banger, ‘Brainwave’ showcases I Passed Away’s versatility, moving through 80’s goth, 90’s emo, and electro alt-pop disco crossover at the swelling instrumental middle eight breakdown.
There are elements of early 90’s alternative rock around the vocal production, coming across at times like a slightly more mellow Layne Stayley, but overall I Passed Away has a unique and instantly recognisable vocal sound. ‘Brainwave’ is a well-crafted piece, marrying solid, gripping melodies with catchy keyboard hooks, a driving bassline, and clean, crisp production. There are clearly influences of hip hop and ambient artists in ‘Brainwave’ too, along with the more obvious indie and emo tropes, but primarily I Passed Away has crafted a novel, individual, and mature piece of modern dance/pop crossover that bodes well for future releases.
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Review by Alex Holmes