great reivew out there on MICROTIA
ABSOLUTE PUNK: "Is there such a genre as post-hardcore-space-rock? If not, I think I may have found it. On Microtia's sophomore outing, the aptly named Spacemaker , the Oregon quartet seem to have honed in on just such a unique and under-represented genre, while exhibiting the potential to corner the market on it altogether."
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: "Oregon four-man band Microtia merges hard-core punk, blistering rock and experimental sound effects in its second CD, Spacemaker. It's not for the faint, only the adventurous."
ALTERNATIVE PRESS MAGAZINE: "I've been listening to these guys nonstop" ALSO featured in current issue under AP&R!!!!
THREE IMAGINARY GIRLS: "Half of what you get with the new Microtia album, Spacemaker, is nine smoking songs recorded by the Portland trio. The other half of the equation is the packaging for the new release, which was made exclusively from Pabst Blue Ribbon and Marlboro Lights boxes. This alone seems like every hipsters dream release. This CD has been in the works for quite some time, but is officially coming out this month"
POPMATTERS: "Spacemaker, is a spiraling tour through the last two decades of rock radio, as thundering choruses run parallel with furious acoustic guitars, clattering percussion, and glorious song titles like “That’s The Problem With Owning Half the State of California”."
BLOG CRITICS: "Maybe we can refer to them as punk earthers. I mean, these guys even reportedly make their own instruments. I almost can't help but like them. They have an independent, do-it-yourself attitude. It helps that their music isn't bad, either. As mentioned it's very punk-like. The vocals remind me of Ambitions and the rest is reminiscent of Crime In Stereo. And they also made me think of a punk version of Voivod. Yeah, wrap your head around that."
I HEART NOISE BLOG: "music on "Spacemaker" reminds of Cave In / Isis - very powerful and crushing, with little room for anything but blasts of distortion and feedback (with an occasional quiet moment here and there). Wailing vocals, however, don't fit music very well and they tend to destroy a good impression that the rest of the band creates."
TEETH OF THE DIVINE REVIEW: "Delivering a proggy shimmery take of spacey, indie/alt rock/punk, mixed with some post-rock, some hardcore and lots of silky smooth vocals, Portland's Microtia is musically a nice break from my usual breakdown filled, growly nun fuckery. At times I was reminded of Cave In's Jupiter/Antenna, Circa Survive and Codeseven. I also think fans of Baroness' mellower moments might dig this and I've also seen Crime In Stereo thrown around as a reference, though, I cannot personally say so either way."
POP ROCKET MAGAZINE: "From the opening bass solo, we know we're ready to rock. Some tricky time changes add a progressive edge while the soaring vocals stay cleanly in tune, keeping us safely clear of thrashier metal territory."
GASPETC REVIEW: "This is some good, solid rock here." "a monster riff, with some pretty cool spacey sounding synths bouncing around in the background. The crescendo that it builds up to is amazing good - the guitar work here is insanely good, and superbly catchy."
CAROLINAIAN: "Microtia returns with Spacemaker, a well put together mix of deftly paced rock energy, infused with sparse bits of electronic pop. The album's title refers not to the celestial realm, but the composition of its casing"