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The Beans Crane Wars, plus 48 hour show
31 July 2001
On Crane Wars, which seems perhaps and tenuously to be a concept album about rain forest destruction, The Beans (Andrew Herfst on drums, loops, and sound effects; Tygh Runyan on guitar and sound effects; Stefan Udell on guitar; Damon Henry on bass; Ida Nielson on trumpet, piano, and accordian) are in moments reminiscent of Glasgows Mogwaimixing lazy acoustic intrumentals with television samples and dozy vocals, building tension through what they do not do as much as through what they do. Their Mogwai side becomes most evident on album track Boston RWA, which could have you fooled if you tuned in while it was playing.
But The Beans, blessed with five fonts of creativity, dont come off as imitators. Similar on the surface, they are more musically varied, adventurous, and much less 'rock' than their Scottish counterparts.
On the track I Breathe The Air (From Other Planets), a combination of piano, choral vocals, percussion, sound effects, strings, and electronics makes for a vaguely Asian, vaguely serialist journey. The extreme minimalism and strangeness of the album closer Hollow Stars evokes images of Rothko and Arab Strapbut again bears a quiet and dignified identity apart.
For a tranquil yet powerful, dreamy and fascinating, and above all different sort of summer LP, we recommend checking out Crane Wars. Three bites out of five.
Rockbites ratings 5: life changing, 4: stunning, 3: captivating, 2: amusing, 1: annoying.
Starting Friday night 10 August at midnight The Beans play a continuous 48 hour concert at Vancouvers Sugar Refinery for CDN$5. For information call the venue at 604-683-2004 or email the band. This September theyll stage a full North American tour, and well post dates when we get them. | The Beans | | The Beans' other Website | | The Beans on New Music Canada | | Zum Records | | Fat Cat Records | | top of page |
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