ARGO | Attack of The Firebots

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Attack of The Firebots

by ARGO

"The phrase "Seattle sound" might have to be reworked a little with the emergence of some of the latest emotional, dream rock coming out of the Pacific Northwest. Bands like Fair, The Turn-ons and Argo are trashing the previous definition.
Genre: Rock: Emo
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1. Firebot
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2. Waters Red
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3. Alternate Ending
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4. The Fall
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5. Time Away
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6. Believing in Love
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7. All You Do (Pleasurecraft Remix)
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8. Needs
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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When dreamy, hooky crunch pop is done right, it melts your heart with out even trying. Even though, Seattle, Washington’s Argo is notoriously one of the hardest working bands in town, their preternatural ability to craft immediately perfect rock gems feels completely effortless—and triumphant. Now armed with a new lineup and a kind of working cohesiveness that loads of shows—several with Aqueduct, Architecture in Helsinki, and Viva Voce—and touring the West Coast brings, Argo is a band poised for constant positive progression. And why shouldn’t they be? The band’s 2004 release on Ana-them Records Jet Packs for Everyone, garnered substantial critical acclaim (“liberal vintage keyboard sounds sit smartly alongside the indie-rock textures, until DAMN! Hooks galore.” –The Stranger), received great College radio play, and Argo was even named a finalist in the 2005 Emerging Music Awards. Songwriters and multi-instrumentalists/vocalists Justin Benson and Matt Benham played together since childhood, before founding the band in 2001 with drummer/keyboard/vocalist Scott Leonard, and were later joined by bassist/vocalist Jon Wooster. Although some members have been involved longer than others, as Wooster explains, “Our songs are written collaboratively.” And it shows, especially at Argo’s live shows, where the band consistently lets intuition and teamwork push them to the next level, something Wooster adds is “a consistent element throughout the band.” When recorded, Argo captures the vivaciousness, loose energy of their live setup; there’s nothing calculated here. The band’s 2005 Needs EP is thick with infectious, danceable goodness, chalky, gritty solos that would make the Jicks proud, and enough warmth to melt the hardest of cynics who say the Pacific Northwest doesn’t have even more to offer.


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Jubilant synth lines and starry-eyed hooks propel this eight-song record to spectacular heights of listenability. The songs themselves come across as documents of the band's intuitive craftiness and attentiveness to detail, as they seem to approach from an egoless angle, rather than from the prattling bravado common in many songwriters. Dueling jangle-pop guitars come at you from both sides, playing off of each other and bobbing and weaving in the sight of vocals and keyboard. The production allows a roominess between the layers of instruments that prevents the clutter that's always a possibility in the dreamy stuff. It's not shoegaze, but they've certainly got a feel for it. While the album has a nice mix of elements from The Sea and Cake, Yo La Tengo, and Tortoise, Attack of The Firebots offers up a good dose of the wistful daydreamy nostalgia that folks from the Pacific Northwest are good at and the rest of the world is (I hope) appreciative of.