Cymbals Eat Guitars may be my new favorite band. Whereas Brad's musical inclinations were birthed from Spoon, mine sprouted from the likes of Built To Spill, Sunday's Best, and Hey Mercedes. Cymbals Eat Guitars brings me back to my musical roots.
Emo is not the trashy pop/punk that you hear on the radio today. Emo started in the late eighties with bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Jets to Brazil. It transformed the independent rock world and quickly turned into a lifestyle. Picked guitar melodies and average-white-guy vocals created a sound that was ear candy to those so inclined.
With vocals half-screamed and half-muttered, Cymbals Eat Guitars is bringing the movement back. Their sound is genuine, solid, and reminiscent of the great, broken-up bands of the yesteryears. Catch them at the Urban Outfitters Day Party at SXSW with me.