Release Date: Sep 14, 2004
Record label: Touch & Go
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
A case could be made for It'll Be Cool as one of Silkworm's least consistent records. Depending on the song, it's the scuzziest, messiest, prettiest, oddest one they've made. But almost all of the songs are strong -- so, in that sense, it's one of the band's most consistent records. The bulk of the first 15 minutes of the record -- excepting the strange piercing/racing patterns in "Penalty Box," which must be one of the most musically a-musical sounds ever made (is it a malfunctioning toy keyboard gone berserk, playing itself?) -- begins innocently enough, in the band's tried and true snarling form.
Black coffee to the rest of indie rock’s iced latte, Silkworm continue to proffer their own difficult, acidly beautiful hard rock with continued disregard for form or fashion. Even more densely angular and awkward than usual, It’ll Be Cool finds a band so deeply immersed in its own idiom that it’s hard to imagine an ear making any sense of this music, and yet, in spite of itself, the record works. First off, what the record doesn’t have is the effortless grace of their previous full-length, Italian Platinum, a fiercely beautiful batch of songs that redefined the band's identity.