Thursday, April 16, 2009


Terse, volatile rock with that grandiose sound The Walkmen are so good at. Sounds like it could shatter any moment in a cloud of bitterness and blue ruin. Lee Memorial are one of the more immediate bands to come out of Melbourne in recent times; it occasionally seems like you can link every musician from that city by six degrees of Kes, with the results often being songs that are obscure in the right ways but not necessarily that rewarding. Lee Memorial features a few well-known names, like Karl Smith of Sodastream, Laura MacFarlane of Ninetynine and Tom Lyngcoln from Nation Blue, which is a little weird in theory but turns out real swell: fragile and shambolic but also muscular and driving, which sounds contradictory but I guess you’ll just have to trust me.

[Lee Memorial MySpace]

[Buy The Lives of Lee Memorial from Dot Dash/Inertia]

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