The Rubber Room
Attractive / The Village Green



The Rubber Room column is a weekly look at recent and notable releases that don’t fall into the rubric of traditional reviews or reviewed material—namely 7”’s, 12”’s, 3” CDs, EPs, cassette-only, DVDs and MP3-only releases.

Attractive
Attractive EP
[Welcome Home, 2005]


We only get eight minutes, but they're enough to convince us that Attractive do what they do very well, which is create strong power pop in the vein of Ted Leo. Composed of members of Snapcase and Six Going on Seven, the band have enough experience in the grind to not sound like newcomers, yet they sound fresh. Over well-produced guitar-driven rock, Josh English sings confrontational yet oblique lyrics like "Held in your teeth to swallow your sound / It's brave and wrong, your mother tongue" (from "Mother Tongues"). "The War Years" offers a more comprehensible snapshot: as a couple pulls apart in a diner, we get both their spoken words and their thoughts in a moving portrayal that slices a whole relationship in under three minutes before dying off among light strings.
[Justin Cober-Lake]

The Village Green
The Village Green
[Self-Released, 2005]


Given the band's name, the most surprising thing about this EP is how little Kinks influence is on it. The British invasion sounds come through, especially on tracks like "Plastic Woman," but The Village Green has done a nice job updating its sound, incorporating garage's hooks while maintaining a sheen to its sound (usually I'd complain about that brightness, but it fits this style of power-pop well). The band occasionally add a slight psyche twinge to their sound, as on the nihilistic "Get Up, Get Out, Get High," but they play their best when staying more grounded, as on "Under the Covers." That track, the EP's best, uses strong backing vocals to open up the disc's sound after the drawn shades of "Get Up." Now the group just needs to make its mark noticeable.
[Justin Cober-Lake]


By: Stylus Staff
Published on: 2006-01-05
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