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Event Archive - Starlight Mints, Dios Malos, The Octopus Project

Sat. May 13th 2006 Richard's On Richards (No Minors)
7:30pm doors at 7pm
Tickets at: All Ticketmaster Locations, Zulu Records, Scratch Records
Presented by: Live Nation

After setting the indie-rock world abuzz with their second album and a tour with the Flaming Lips, the Starlight Mints are about to release their most ambitious and hooky effort yet.

The Norman, Oklahoma band is no stranger to catchy, quirky pop, but Drowaton (Dig)--on respected indie Barsuk (Death Cab for Cutie, Rilo Kiley)--surpasses anything they’ve come up with yet. For instance, “Inside of Me”, an Internet-only pre-release, combines piano, female backup vocals and spy movie guitar, heralding a third album of bizarre yet tuneful mutant pop.

With their first two albums, Starlight Mints were praised for their ability to combine familiar pop music tropes with experimentation and orchestration to create enjoyable and refreshingly interesting songs” (according to The group’s four oddballs, raised on a diet of AM radio and archetypal pop, mix sweet, guilty-pleasure-sounding music, slightly-goofy sounding vocals and charming, innocent lyrics to form a sound that sounds a bit strange, but states that primeval lust for music that is important in our life behind only food, sex and ice-cube making. Call it “bubblegum psychedelia” or “orchestrated, catchy surrealism”—it’s some of the most fun, feel-weird pop to come down the pike in ages.

(Malos), the second album from Dios Malos, has earned the Hawthorne, California-based indie-pop band comparisons to Super Furry Animals, Grandaddy, the Shins and the Radar Brothers. The group’s pop sensibilities are filtered through yacht-rock ethos at times which add up to genre-morphing exercises that quietly hook the listener until the disc becomes essential, two- or three-times-a-day listening. Live, Dios Malos is captivatingly upbeat and colourfully antic.


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