New Radiant Storm King are a trio from the Boston area that play intellectual
noise-rock with dissonant riffs and angular rhythms, often graced by
the vocal harmonies of Matt Hunter and Peyton Pinkerton.
On My Little Bastard Soul (Cargo, 1992) the trio sounds like a cross
between Sonic Youth
and Polvo (Every Day Is Mother Day) with an harder
Rival Time (Homestead, 1993) and August Revital (Grass, 1994)
continued to refine the program, but
drummer Elizabeth Sharp left to launch Skinner Pilot and her project Ill Ease.
Hurricane Necklace (Grass, 1996) veered towards punk-pop and
Singular No Article (Poster Girl, 2000) reduced the ruggedness of the
On Winter's Kill (Rainbow Quartz, 2002) Peyton Pinkerton and Matt Hunter
deliver another batch of witty and energetic numbers. While dispensing with
the savage and harsh excesses of their early albums, they
often sound like a more accomplished
Guided By Voices
or a more inventive Pavement
(Golden Parachute, Colony Falls, Constellation Prize,
Bombs and Broccoli).
Unfortunately, there is precious little progress here.
Slightly more oriented towards mainstream pop, The Steady Hand (Darla, 2006) delivers Antyhmn and updated stereotypes of indie-rock of the 1990s.
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