Post-Rock Defends the Nation
It happens all the time. One band flies under the radar that deserves attention on the end-of-year charts. Unless you’re an avid music blog reader or have a subscription to Spin, you probably don’t know the Bon Savants. But that could change, as the Boston-based quartet has followed the same route taken by critical darlings Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and released their debut themselves. The members of Bon Savants (French for “Good Scientists”) are onto something good. More Britpop than the title implies, Post-Rock Defends the Nation is all driving riffs and smart hooks harkening back to the mid-90s. “The revolution is at hand/let’s form a rock ’n’ roll band” from the title track sums up the record—a majestic slow-burner that reminds listeners of how music has the power to inspire. And the album opener, the Strokes-ian “What We Need,” visits the recurring theme of what it is to leave the day job behind in order to chase dreams of stardom. Lead singer and part-time MIT rocket scientist Thom Moran’s echo-laden, crooner voice and romantically intelligent lyrics would do Pulp fans proud and his sharp imagery is a perfect set-up for the driving, textured songs that deserve a place in the hearts of indie-rock fans. Is it really too late to change my Best of 2006 list?