Release Date: May 22, 2007
Record label: Playlouder
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Rocket from the Crypt's John Reis once said of his band's early shows that they would intentionally play for only about twenty minutes in order to leave the audience wanting more. Although the idea was straight out of Show Biz 101, it now seems quaint in an age that embraces super-saturation. So, small wonder that a more recent group has built a rabid following on the bare essentials.
Voxtrot's long-deferred debut LP seems, at first, to be a completely risk-free affair. It is a consummately polite album, which is not to say staid or effete: it simply draws a very tidy perimeter and stays happily inside, exploring and occasionally refining the sweeter customs of fidgety, collegiate indie pop. These songs jangle and swell, tiptoe and pussyfoot, and never venture anything out of the ordinary – and so much the better.