Transistor Transistor "Ruined Lives" CDPosted on Thursday, June 5th, 2008 @ 6:58am » permalink
"Ruined Lives" is the latest full-length from Transistor Transistor (on Level-Plane), and this band really has gotten better and better over the years. Much like 2005's "Erase All Name and Likeness", the backbone here is made up of noisy, rocked out power chords with some of that more angular and jarring indie riffery, while the vocals charge through varying degrees of intensity via lightly distorted shouting, screaming, etc. There's just a great sense of energy throughout that really places this material above many of the band's contemporaries for me. This is their most diverse outing to date as well, as there are also a couple of slightly longer tracks that get a little heavier and more aggressive/grating with some feedback-drenched swells and fiercely pounding rhythms; while the awesomely dark "The Ghost Hand" takes a stripped down approach with just guitars, bass, piano, and quietly restrained vocals. And as usual the Kurt Ballou production totally fucking rules, too. It's just so damn perfect for this style – achieving a great balance of natural warmth, crisp clarity, and subtly dirty/gritty texture throughout. Good stuff.