GIRAFFES, THE: Ruled: CD

Sep 23, 2011

Apparently this band has been around for ten-plus years and are well known for their raucous, beer-soaked live shows. By listening to this CD, I would have never guessed that, as it’s full of over-processed/compressed guitar wanking, mainstream grungy rock tunes, and alternates between awful shouty and singy vocals. Although new, the record sounds dated and trite and would fit in well alongside any of the current crop of “alternative rock” bands that you could currently hear on mainstream alternative radio. Maybe this sounded fresher and more interesting when these guys were new on the scene ten years ago, but I’d be willing to bet against that, too.

 –Mark Twistworthy (Crustacean, crustaceanrecords.com)

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