MP3 the Privates - Barricades
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ROCK: Modern Rock, POP: Power Pop
Drawn from a host of Nashvilleâs finest local, national and international indie exports, The Privates quickly shot to the top of the local rock hierarchy with their frenetic pinball rock after forming in 2003. 23-year-old singer and guitarist Dave Paulson loaned second guitar duties to pop-punk provocateurs The Pink Spiders on the road until recently. Bassist Keith Lowen also holds down the low end in De Novo Dahl, drummer Rollum Haas is a member of circus-popsters The Features, while keyboardist Ryan Norris performs with Lambchop.
With the group dividing their time between such a myriad of high- and low-profile acts, itâs a wonder they managed to release three stunning works since their inception. The nine-song, eponymous debut was a frantic jolt of elastic dance-punk, while the follow-up EP, Louder Than Lightning, crashed through a manic blast of giddy fuzz-rock on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Both recalled influences ranging from the complexity and experimentation of Deerhoof to the shimmering dissonance of The Walkmen, run through The Privates blender of fury, humor and quirky sensitivity.
The bandâs first full-length, Barricades, was written while Paulson was on the road. âMost of the songs on this album were written on tour with the Spiders, and have a lot to do with being away,â says Paulson. âFor the band, the writing and recording was shaped by us being in and out of town at different times. Some songs we never played as a bandâweâd do things separately and email each other MP3s of what weâd done.â
Despite such scattershot working conditions, Barricades is a more focused and linear record than anything the band have produced thus far. Though many tracks clock in at under three minutes, the record tames the combative chaos of previous releases in half the time, exhibiting a wide-reaching range while still exploring stop-start dynamics, the cacophonous layers of experimental noise acts and the hooky immediacy of pop. Drums gallop alongside chugging guitar riffs in a seamless blend on the frantic trajectory of âAtrium.â On the recordâs trotting title track, âBarricades,â the keys warble beneath Paulsonâs disaffected croon as the song expertly mimics achy resignation with its exhalation of an ending. The poppy stab of âHeartâs Got a Holeâ uses a cascade of guitar swipes that duck in and out, then climax alongside drunken la-la-las and an exasperated resolution.
If The Privates were likely victims of eternal side-project status, Barricades proves the band are fully realized, more mature and deftly playing to their strengths. Though the band were always praised for their visceral thrill, the latest record is evidence theyâve mastered that tension and release and now control it on all fronts.
âThe Privates show at the Basement last Thursday reminded us why we keep showing up for one of the local rock sceneâs most talented underachievers. It was an exhilarating set of what we love most about these boys: supercharged rants that punch you in the gut, pause for the sting and then punch you in the gut again. The occasion was the release of the bandâs new EP, Louder Than Lightning, a fitting title for an act whose live show is an exercise in expertly controlled chaosâsinger-guitarist Dave Paulson has the coiled energy of whizzing electrons onstage, and drummer Rollum Haas damn near jumps out of his seat when playing.â âNashville Scene
"The Privates' debut disc marks the arrival of one of the top three bands to arise out of Nashville in the last few years. No small feat for a "side project." âAll The Rage
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