Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Plastic Constellations - Mazatlan (2004)



Every once in a while, for the purpose of maximum jamming, I put this album on and rock out. The Constellations are from Minneapolis, and forge a steady groove consisting of a mixture of DC twin guitar style and an almost rap-rock style that on paper sound terrible, but in actuality works well on so many levels. Mazatlan works on a heavy rhythmic based sound, with the guitars doing more to anchor the rhythms than dance around them. Some of the songs are so driving and anthemic that its hard not to bounce around when listening to these guys. The album starts off with the appropriately titled, We Came To Play - "We hear the whistle and we know its time" and "We wrote this, and we stomp our shoes, We came to play, its what we do" - theres a light heartedness to the songs that makes them perfect for rocking while driving, getting things done or even just sitting and listening. Though sitting will be hard. Especially when Evil Groove comes on. The drum and the guitars that start the song are not particularly evil but they groove like no other. Describing them with the "rap rock" term comes at a price. Limp Bizkit this is not. But they do rhyme and pretty well, and they have a meter to their delivery that is definitely rap based. The rock element and their attention to details keeps it from becoming a tired trick. In not time you'll be singing along to clever lyrics like, "All we ask is to somehow end up remembered, and not to end up beheaded or otherwise ex-members." The clincher to all these songs is how they build on the basic rhythms and bring most of the songs to a crashing close. Definitely a top notch record with only one short miss in the form of the title song. All the other tracks brim with energy and power.

The Constellations also have a newer record called Crusades that was released in 2006 on French Kiss Records, the label of Seth Jarbour of Les Savy Fav fame.

7 Comments:

Blogger blend77 said...

someone should check this album out... its pretty badass...

11:16 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

this album definitely rules...I swear I got this album from you a while back. Have you posted it before? Maybe I just downloaded it because you recommended it or something. Either way, it's pretty tasty. It took a bit to grow on me, but once it did, it stayed in my cd player for weeks. Thanks for reminding me of it:P

and sorry I haven't had any posts lately, been busy with a bunch of bs. I got pulled over last week and received 8 tickets and a night in the joint:(. oh and they took my car too. but I digress. I will be making a Frodus post this afternoon!

11:53 AM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

yeah, I'm checking this out... it's pretty good. They kinda flirt with rap, or maybe just skirt it...
but also a really good rock band, like you said. When I was reading it first, 'cos of the names, I got thinking of the Constantines. Difficult to compare them musically, but I kinda feel the same about them. Is there such a thing as pop-post-hardcore? The title track does sound like Weezer, imho.

Anyway, here's my mixtape - http://www.mediafire.com/?51v9d9dwend - and here's my description:

'Melt Yr Ears'

"This mixtape is meant to be a subversive statement on music, but is also a celebration of music (that is, pleasurable noise) in itself. Aside from all definitions and natures, part of it is heavy, and parts of it are beautifully lulling. Again, I find that the progression of songs works as much on the concept of contrast as on similarity. Regrettably, the sequence outlaid could not accomodate any Suicide (a severe omission for a work of this kind) but doubtless an intrepid soul somewhere, sometime, will make a mixtape containing 'Frankie Teardrop'. Finally, pay close attention to the instructions at the beginning of the first track."

1:29 PM  
Anonymous jaysin said...

The Plastic Constellations are from my city so I will say a little something about them. THey have been around forever now. They started when they were in highschool and would have their parents drive them to shows. Nice kids. Started out as more of a noisy pavement kind of thing. Now they are all down with the Doomtree Crew (P.O.S., Cecil Otter, Mel Gibson and the Pants) which is an amazing local hip hop crew. So you can see where they get some of their sounds these days. To be honest I was never that into them, but saw them now and again back in the day. But they are pretty big here in the local rock scene.

6:00 PM  
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Blogger blend77 said...

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i meant to do that along time ago...

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