Listen Up: Wednesday, November 5, 2003
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Endochine

Day Two (Self-released)

By Vic Drabicky

Just about everyone from the Fort Worth/Dallas area is used to Austin over-hyping itself and just about everything in it: South By Southwest, all the bars along 6th Street, Bob Schneider (his solo act, not his band The Scabs). So when Austinites began touting Endochine as the Next Big Thing, many a skeptical eyebrow was raised. But after just one listen to Endochine’s latest, Day Two, even those with their brows up by their hairlines might begin to think that the state capital is on to something.

The guys in Endochine not only know how their instruments should sound but also know how each song should be arranged, played, and delivered. Nowhere is this more clear than on “Secret.” What easily could have become another overproduced, super-shiny, radio-rock song or effects-ridden Radiohead wannabe is a pleasant mix of well-placed (and well-executed) lyrics, powerful, intelligently written guitar solos, and just enough playful energy to keep the song interesting and original.

True, Endochine can’t take all the credit for the creative construction of these 11 tracks. Often minimal but very significant, the input of highly underrated producer Lars Gorranson (The Cardigans, Fastball) can be heard throughout. His handiwork — judicious use of special effects, guitars out in front — lends just the right amount of spice to hook a listener and keep each song edgy.

For skeptics of anything Austin considers “great,” Day Two is a must. It’s the one thing that Austin seems to have gotten right.


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