The scotching interior of the IE needs another indie-pop act like it needs more strip malls, Wal-Marts and restaurants that close before 10pm. Tracks Like Trains, however, prove that their might just be room for one more.
The band was born from the ashes of Victorville’s Dr. Doctor, who dropped the Eccentric, Electric EP this past February. The disc was a mix of dance-party electro and Blood Brothers-style cacophonic vocals–a style that had its street-cred all but buried after the first full-length Moving Units album. So it would make sense that after disbanding, Dr. Doctor’s members would discard the shackles of past expressions while holding onto their power and energy.
But that’s not what happened at all. Tracks Like Trains isn’t a smog-spewing juggernaut of power, opting instead to write complex songs–complete with harps, saxophones and ukulele that accentuate their standard drums/bass/guitar setup and oftentimes carries the melody–around a relatively simple core without losing their pop-ish sensibilities. That isn’t to say that their tunes feel like a Scotch-taped collage of culled together influences and sounds. The songwriting is organic. Their music wavers between edgy rock and elevator-esque peppy sleaze. It’s upbeat without being overpowering. Their tunes are punctuated with ethereal, sleepy male and female vocals without adding a feeling of that too-tired narcoticism that’s quickly becoming an indie rock cliché.
More info and song clips available on their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/tracksliketrainsmusic.
Attention Riverside/San Bernardino county bands and musicians (you too, Claremont, La Verne, Pomona and San Dimas)! Mail your CDs and tapes or bribery money (along with your vital contact info, plus any impending performance dates) for possible review to Band Of The Week, IE Weekly, 2175 Sampson Ave., Ste. 118, Corona, CA 92879. Or be lazy and e-mail your MySpace link to Pfuller@ieweekly.com.