Cymbals Eat Guitars
Lenses Aliens - BARSUK
FILTER Grade: 78%
By Marissa R. Moss on August 31, 2011
Cymbals Eat Guitars is a band unafraid of being long-winded from the get-go. “And the Hazy Sea” kicked off the debut LP, Why There Are Mountains, with an almost six-and-half-minute detonation of cymbals, guitars and cymbals eating guitars, and this follow-up, Lenses Alien, tops that with its opening track clocking in at 8:32. While these anthemic concoctions soar in their off-kilter, ready-to-blow construction, it’s the more succinct pieces, like “Keep Me Waiting” or the lo-fi “Wavelengths” that best demonstrate the band’s progression into more bridled territory. “Another Tunguska” is a standout with its dissonant, Pavement-esque guitar licks somehow built into a climbing melody—perhaps the track that will have the band luring the crowd into sing-along submission. They’re singing about explosions—nuclear, romantic or both—and the song’s one, too. What Cymbals Eat Guitars does best is to constantly toy with the highs and lows of song construction: soft, loud, acoustic, reverb, shout, cymbal or guitar.