As brothers, Bryan and Doug Enas, better known as Indiana noise-rockers Stagnant Pools, join a long line of duos like The Black Keys and the White Stripes. But while those more prominent acts had the bonds of friendship and marriage between them, Stagnant Pools has the inherent connection that unites all siblings. With just a year or so between them, the Enas brothers grew up together, developing a lingua franca and commitment few acts could equal.
Stagnant Pools is the work of two college-age brothers from Indianapolis, Indiana. Bryan and Douglass Enas took a couple of Joy Division records, the first Strokes CD, a few Ride singles, and a nasty-sounding guitar pedal or two down into their parent's basement and emerged with their debut album, Temporary Room. It's a claustrophobic and hypnotic dream/nightmare pop record built around Douglass' pounding drums and the unceasing waves of Bryan's guitar onslaught.
Bloomington duo Stagnant Pools, comprising Bryan and Douglass Enas, can now finally go out on tour after having just graduated from Indiana University. While that's clearly a definitive event for someone in his early 20s, I'm hesitant to think of it defining Stagnant Pools as artists-- though they do come off like college kids on Temporary Room, though the pre-internet kind: still impressionable enough to be completely blown away by an older band with a single idea. Remember the old Chris Rock bit where he ate broccoli and cheese for the first time as a kid and thought he'd want nothing but that for the rest of his life? Replace "broccoli" with "Jesus" and "cheese" with "Mary Chain" and you're getting close to the charmingly monomaniacal focus Stagnant Pools bring to their debut, Temporary Room.
The busiest music scenes collectively thrive over a set of ground rules, operating with a likeness and kinship of very exacting sound constructs. But as it usually happens, one or two acts will actually be given the ticket that will get them out, a winning prize for excelling over your peers. If that’s challenging enough, imagine standing out if you come from a place that’s in any way associated with any significant musical movement.