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Been a coon’s age since we’ve thrown a NBS at ya’ll, so we figured it was about time to open to container and see if the contents were still fresh. Gaslighters Union is the latest outfit to peek its collective head above the waves in the turbulent Twin Cities music scene and have just released their showroom-fresh debut recording, The Corvair EP.
The band’s enigmatic promo shot depicts four members (perhaps entering the soothing light?), however, the EP’s liner notes suggest that no fewer than a dozen folks were strong-armed into this recording; more proof that you can believe none of what you see and even less of what you hear.
And speaking of what you hear, this five-song EP suggests a band that’s still trying to find its place in this big ‘ol scary world. “Water Tower” stylistically belies the Union’s TC base, but that seems to be a passing fancy as the EP is otherwise loaded (overloaded?) with non-rock instrumentation and oft challenging arrangements. Nowhere is this more evident than the title track, which stretches nearly seven minutes and has the druggy charm of a lost Raymond Carver short story.