SPACESHIPS: SELF-TITLED EP

February 17th, 2015 | Album reviews


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SPACESHIPS
self-titled EP
New Professor

(L.A.’s Spaceships are releasing their brand new Little Buddha cassette this week at Melody Lounge, but we haven’t got a chance to get that review done yet—so here is a review of their last release to get you ready for Thursday!)

Four new songs from L.A. guitar/drums duo Spaceships, now dialing down the noise and discovering their own pop songs. Like Wavves or (the early levels-in-the-red) Best Coast, Spaceships are all about the ocean as both state of mind and sense for production, so if they sing about the beach, they’re gonna make it sound like the waves are crashing right into the tape recorder. But this EP is like see-through clear compared to their blown-out (but lovely in moments, like “New Wishing” and “Limit”) album from last year. Stand-out is “Washed Out” with a slo-mo tempo and bubblegum chord progression that both fits and flatters guitarist/singer Jessie Waite’s voice and drummer Kevin LaRose’s style. The result is a Muffs-y kiss-off with a love-it-or-shove-it hook. “Boys” hits the same space but faster and harder; here and in this EP’s best moments, Spaceships are figuring out an interesting concept of pop-but-sorta-not that’s something between the Leave Home Ramones and like … the Adolescents’ blue album? Or the Weezer blue album? Or something where they make sure to never pick the easy way (cheesy way) through the song, even if that means they sometimes get hung up on those high notes. Another forward move from a band that’s always moving forward. Keep sending the records!

—Chris Ziegler

SPACESHIPS WITH MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY, BOKONON, LOST YEARS AND DJ GREG KATZ ON THURS., FEB. 19, AT THE MELODY LOUNGE, 939 N. HILL ST., CHINATOWN. 9 PM / FREE / 21+ / MORE INFO HERE! SPACESHIPS’ SELF-TITLED EP IS AVAILABLE NOW FROM NEW PROFESSOR. SPACESHIPS’ NEW LITTLE BUDDHA CS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM UNSATISFIED MUSIC.