Monday, May 18, 2009

Episode#33: Bridge Farmers

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nites33The Bridge Farmers are what would happen if the legendary Texas psychedelic band the 13th Floor Elevators came of age in an era of skater punks instead of flower children. Both bands share a certain desert-sun-soaked mescaline-trip aesthetic, but you can hear traces of their '90s upbringing in Bridge Farmers' music. As much as their mood and feel owes to Roky Erickson, you can hear Kurt Cobain's influence as well. Still, if you were to play their debut album for a friend without any pre-knowledge and asked your friend to name what year the album was released, you'd probably get a guess of 1968 before 2008. That's not to say that what they're doing is dated. Now more than ever, we need music that evokes, and is inspired by, a feeling of restlessness and frustration. In vocalist Tyler Hautala's lyrics you glean a sense of dissatisfaction with mainstream American life. And with the economy spiraling downward, it's hard to argue.