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Wighead - William and Edward Frontage 7"

kilgoretrout   (50 reviews)

Posted: 05/05/2010 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

Oklahoma is probably better known for its history of churning out multi-million record selling country music giants than it will ever be for its burgeoning indie rock scene. Rising from the land of Woody Guthrie and Toby Keith (yuck!), Wighead blends indie pop sensibilities and Beach Boys harmonies to create their own distinct brand of easy listening music. Their most recent release, the 4 – track William and Edward Frontage 7” is now out on K Sur Records.

William and Edward Frontage kicks off with the track “Bad Idea”, which itself starts with harmonizing, acoustic guitar lightly strumming, and sleigh bells somewhere far off in the background. The lead singer joins in a bit off-key (I’m guessing this is on purpose seeing as how it actually fits), and croons about how falling in love with a body of water is a bad idea. An electric guitar then kicks in giving the track a bit of an urgency that was lacking before. The lyrics then turn a little more sentimental as the lead singer repeats, “It’s a bad idea to fall in love at all”, and the music fades back into violins and acoustic guitar as the singer finishes his sentiment with, “But I did.”

The next song, “Madrid”, begins with a keyboard intro which gently glides into a finger-picked banjo riff and a bit of an oddity in everything but the most old fashioned of children’s parties, a slide whistle. The fact that Wighead can pull off a slide whistle “riff” is a testament to the fact that their innocence doesn’t seem at all forced or ironic. The song soon changes gear turning a bit more epic with horns thrown in for good measure, sounding a bit like a Sufjan Stevens instrumental, but brings back the slide whistle for some more innocent and well received buffoonery.

Track three, “Never Go Home”, starts off strong with a ukulele and follows along the with the Beach Boys motif including hand claps and tambourine shaking. The problem that appeared with this track that I guess apply to all of the songs on this album even though I didn’t notice, is that they could most definitely afford to expand a little bit. Given that this is just a seven inch, as soon as your head starts bobbing and feet start shaking, the song is over. The last track is titled, “William and Edward Frontage, R.I.P”, is a short thirty-second outtro honoring the fictional brothers for which the album is titled.

Wighead has the potential to be a real deal nationally-touring band. With a bit more expansion on their interesting and original sound, I could see them onstage at the Bonnaroo Festival within a couple of years impressing large crowds. If they stopped playing music now, they would definitely be an interesting side-note in Oklahoma’s (sometimes questionable) music scene.

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