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The New Siberians Self TITLED review

Ted Pappadopoulos

Here is another review ( sadly not from Belgium ) from author Alex Green on our 2007 debut

“I don’t write my songs at all/Like the way that you do,” sings The New Siberians’ Brendan Devitt. He’s not kidding. This Burlington, Vermont trio which is comprised of former members of Go To Blazes and the Ninja Custodians, are one of those rare bands that aren’t afraid to throw conventional songwriting principles aside and take big chances. That being said, The New Siberians’ strategy is to bury themselves under inventive arrangements and then see if they can climb back out. The thing is, they always do. Filled with big, melodic rockers (”Seeds & Stems” and “Hearts”) catchy mid-tempo numbers (”Really Doesn't Matter”) and irresistible acoustic tracks (”Colorblind”) the band’s debut is an enervating brand of American rock and roll.

Elsewhere, “Star” brings to mind a more muscular Crowded House; “Happy Again” is a crunchy blast of harmonic bombast and “Vulture” has an unbeatable bluesy swagger. With a cast of supporting musicians who throw in doses of saxophone, mandolin, violin and whatever else comes to mind (Bob Higgins’ billed contribution is “secret guitars”), The New Siberians is a truly engaging listen. What makes this band so special is that even when the hooks are direct, like on “Gasoline” there’s always a presiding musical chaos that makes every track layered in intriguing sonic complexity.

– Alex Green

author of The Stone Roses (33 1/3)