Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Messengers - Dead Oceans
FILTER Grade: 83%
By Lauren Barbato on August 27, 2010
On Messengers, frontman Benjamin Verdoes laments, “Oh, there is a dissonance between us,” a line more applicable to the eccentric Seattle-based quintet than an ex-lover. Cut-and-paste compositions, dueling guitar riffs and pummeling bass drums collide head-on in frenetic epics “Leaving Trails” and “Hurrah,” sending Messengers to its summit more than halfway through. The result is a seamless yet stark poeticism that best represents MSHVB’s overcast outlook on the world below.