It’s the little things that keep me so stoked about all this underground music we cover in Razorcake. Little things like getting an envelope from a stranger who saw the Super Chinchilla Rescue Mission show that Razorcake threw a couple of months ago and had a great time there. By way of thanks (and probably to get a review), he added his band’s eight-song demo, and the demo was one of the best things I’ve come across in a couple of months. In a lot of ways, Altaira reminds me of Tiltwheel: gruff vocals, tight melodies but enough tempo changes to keep you on your toes, a healthy nod to Leatherface without becoming a knockoff band, and the music’s strange ability to creep around your eardrums and get under your skin. This isn’t to say that Altaira is just a Tiltwheel wannabe. They’re not. But they’re learning lessons from a great band. I could easily see this band picked up by a label like Attention Deficit Disorder (they have a lot in common also with ADD bands like The Timversion and Super Chinchilla Rescue Mission), and catapulted from there straight into obscurity.
–sean (Altaira, [email protected])