The second EP, Bridges, from local indie darlings Windsor Drive (currently signed to Ping Pong Music) drops this Saturday at what promises to be a spectacular show. Luckily, Rocks Off managed to snag an advanced copy in electronic form so you readers can know just what to expect.
Produced by Stephen Short, who has worked with artists ranging from legends like Queen, Echo & The Bunnymen, and Paul McCartney to emerging artists like Augustana and This World Fair, Bridges
calls to mind the soft, warm waters of indie-rock's bygone glory days. If anything, it reminds Rocks Off of the days when U2 was a real band, the calculated condescension still years from being present in Bono's voice.
Instead, what we have here is an incredibly poignant and sincere piece of rock and roll that is the perfect soundtrack for this imperfect world. Obviously drawing from all aspects of the FM dial, Windsor Drive seems to leave behind the empty commercialism that rattles like an empty can through the airwaves, and brings its own considerable substance to the modern radio form. What results is pop-art perfection.
Now, Rocks Off must warn you, this is not especially happy music. Don't expect to bebop through it without a care in the world. It's the kind of music you used to see videos for on 120 Minutes
. Which came on at night. Which meant you couldn't sleep. Which meant something was wrong. Get it? It's that kind of aural experience. There's just a little bit of loss in every note, but isn't that life?
With the 71s, Deep Ella, Mechanical Boy and Canvas Waiting, 8 p.m. tonight at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838 or www.fitzlive.com. $10.