Release Date: Feb 19, 2016
Record label: Standard Brickhouse
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Punk
It's always a great feeling when obscure bands blow you away. I remember the first Pianos Become The Teeth album I listened to. The first time I heard Troubled Coast. Posture & The Grizzly and so on. Sioux Falls's Rot Forever falls in that category. Thanks to that Broken Media publicist who kept ….
After listening to Rot Forever, two strong, opposing images of Sioux Falls arise. First is the obsessive, studious trio of dudes so steeped in Built to Spill and Modest Mouse that they used those same shapes when developing their own music just as obsessively. There’s a practiced intensity to that theoretical approach, a meticulous understanding reproduced in detail.
After a handful of small D.I.Y. releases and a move to Portland, Montana natives Sioux Falls deliver their debut LP, Rot Forever. In 2016, challenging new listeners with a 73-minute double album -- especially when it's your first one -- is a gutsy move, but there is much to love on this sprawling monolith of disillusioned guitar rock that feels equally sprung from the mountains and the band room.
In its more expansive moments, Rot Forever, the debut double album from Portland band Sioux Falls, seems to test its own capacity for decay. The songs often stretch until they start to dislocate, swelling from indie rock into six- or seven-minute epics. In this way Sioux Falls can resemble early Built to Spill or Modest Mouse, though their songwriting is less tangential than either; Sioux Falls songs tend to cycle through at most two or three related ideas, just at different volumes.