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Tired of Indie Pop and Pretty Folk, Could Seattle Be Headed Back to the Garage En Masse?

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England's newest hitmakers!
Toward the end of our chat with Triumph of Lethargy/Murder City Devils frontman Spencer Moody last week, the subject inevitably turned to the Rolling Stones. Over the past few years, Moody says, he's gained a fresh appreciation for the Stones. He's not the only one in town.

Digging the Stones is nothing new (see Dutchess & the Duke, etc.), but we're starting to hear more gritty references to British Invasion-era Stones pop up around town in bands like Tomten, Pony Time, and Seapony, as well as Hardly Art acts like La Sera.

Here's the long road to Moody's explanation as to why that may be:

What's your favorite Stones album?

I like Flowers a lot. But then, actually, my wife listens to them a lot and has been making these compilations, and now I've been starting to really like the stuff I really didn't get in the past, more of the '70s, early-'80s stuff. Mick Jagger starts singing really high and a little more disco-influenced stuff.

"Beast of Burden," Some Girls . . .

Yeah. 15 years ago when I first got Some Girls, I didn't really like it that much and it kind of turned me off the Rolling Stones to some degree. And now I don't feel that way at all.

Those early records are so dirty. And the way they're recorded and everything, it's so amazing that they could have been one of the biggest bands in the world. But those recordings are so raw.

I feel like I'm hearing more of that British Invasion sound starting to creep into stuff with more of a punk, garage feel to it.

Oh, totally. It seems like that's totally kind of the thing--everything real fucked up, fuzzed and reverbed out, but kind of super-catchy, really poppy. I love that.

What do you think sparked this new interest?

I don't know. Everything just kind of keeps going around, you know. And I guess, probably, it's the opposite end of like everything getting way prettier . . .

Are you talking about the crystalline indie-pop stuff?

Yeah. Which is awesome, or whatever. And all that kind of folkier pop kind of Seattle-y stuff, or whatever. I think it makes sense as the other side.

On the one side, there's getting as much as you possibly can out of the melodicness, and the other side, there's writing a melodic song and then trying to destroy it as much as possible with your equipment.

And they're both fun.

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