Monday, April 09, 2012

Album Review: Midwestern High Life

Title:  Midwestern High Life (BandCamp)
Artist:  The Typist (Facebook, MySpace, BandCamp)

The Typist is an indie rock/emo/post hardcore band from Altus, OK.  The band’s full-length debut, Midwestern High Life, is a 10 track collection of passionate songs that mix equal parts punk rock heritage with heartland fueled frustration and strife.  The Typist has been compared to the likes of The Hold Steady, early Wilco, John Mellencamp, Horse Thief, Woody Guthrie, and Bob Dylan.  I can certainly see those elements in The Typists music, especially lyrically, but the comparison that keeps coming to my mind, sonically at least, is Sunny Day Real Estate and Superchunk.  The music has the very driven, yet at time sparse feeling that Sunny Day Real Estate was famous for, while mixing in indie rock changes and melodies if On the Mouth era Superchunk.  The result is a sound that is large and powerful and fun.  This is a heck of a debut album and I honestly can’t wait to see what these guys do next.  

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