Alternative music reviews

August 20, 2006

Into The Woulds by Federales

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FederalesThere are two ways for me to approach this review: I can say that Federales are ripping off Sebadoh – or I can say that Federales have eclipsed Sebadoh. I suspect that if I was young and listening to this band now and comparing them to Sebadoh then I would say Lou Barlow’s old band was good but inconsistent while Federales really hit the spot. In my head I always think of the bands I have loved as near perfect, forgetting the dud tracks and even dud albums. The only thing that Federales don’t possess is the collective nature of Sebadoh that would take you from a yearning love song to an all out shouting track when you least expected it.

What a frustrating review this will be for the band to read – based on comparison to someone else. I’ll try and do better than that. Into The Woulds is an album that uses unconventional musical structures to hold you in limbo and then throws you into either a melodic or noise climax. At times frustrating, it is saved again and again by loud guitar on the earlier tracks like Golden Age and Everything’s Exactly As I Planned. You won’t find any easy answers on this album, but it asks all the right questions.

Truth is, I’d rather listen to Federales now, than dive into my Indie/Lo-Fi music from the 1990s.



  1. As a member of the band I found the review less frustrating than your prediction. As a friendly retort i’ll say I enjoy being compared to legendary acts to whom I’ve never listened. Thanks for your time and carefully chosen words. Hopefully more people will be able to enjoy our passion due to your professional opinion! Mr.Smith

    Comment by Mr.Smith — August 22, 2006 @ 3:46 pm

  2. Hi Mr Smith – brilliant that you’ve not listened to Sebadoh! When I first heard Phideaux I thought it’s a younger Al Stewart singing and,no Ph hadn’t even heard of Al Stewart. I once wrote a short story called At Night. Years later I finally found the last of the Kafka short stories I had not read. He had written At Night 70 years earlier. Mind you his version was way better than mine. You stand up very well in the comparison to the best of Sebadoh.

    Comment by Cool Noise — August 22, 2006 @ 8:21 pm

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