Update: The new Moneen album is only $5.99 at Best Buy. There is absolutely no reason for you fans not to go out and buy it.
Armed simply with an iBook and two microphones, the Drugstore Cowboys create an interesting blend of Blood Brother’s-esque screaming with electronic dance beats. To get a better idea of what they sound like, take a look at their MySpace description: “If WHAM! had sex with Slayer at a disco to a Britney Spears song remixed by The Blood Brothers with The Faint producing it and 3-6 Mafia serving the drinks…” Tracks such as “These Clouds Will Never Catch Us” begin immediately with a barrage of Locust-like lighting-fast drum sequences and screams, and then fall into more dance-oriented sections. Other tracks, such as “Penguin Tuxes at the Disco Bar” or “Eulogy For a Friendly Foe” do the exact opposite. But regardless of what order they’re in, all of the Drugstore cowboys songs are quite a pleasure to listen to. Make sure to catch them on the Breasts Are the New Tits Spring Break ’06 Tour (dates on MySpace). They put on an energetic live show that you definetly don’t want to miss.
It came somewhat as a surprise to me, but the new Moneen CD, The Red Tree is pretty damn good. I’ve felt that their past releases, save for some excellent songs like “Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now?” and “Start Angry, End Mad,” have been somewhat empty; not many songs of theirs have come across to me as amazing or ground-breaking. So naturally, I began listening to this album with low expectations. I was wrong. The first few seconds of the album’s introductory track, “Don’t Tell Locke What He Can’t Do,” did it all for me; The Red Tree begins with a solid, fast-paced rock song that reminded me of “Are We Really Happy…”. Everything that followed was great as well. Every song has something about it, whether it be a catchy chorus line or guitar riff, that distinguishes it from every other one on the album. The Red Tree is definetly Moneen’s best work yet. Do these guys a favor and actually go out and buy it. It’s definetly worth the money.