Moviola is a Columbus (Ohio) band started by singer/guitarist Jake Housh.
The early output, such as the single Lookin' In (Anyway, 1994), is
heavily distorted pop, like
Spacemen 3 playing John Denver ditties.
the lead track of The Year You Were Born (Anyway, 1996), displays this
method at its best, while a catchy
Wisdom Teeth shows commercial potential.
Once the noise has been reduced, though, what is left on the mini-album
Frantic (Anyway, 1997) is a competent imitation of
Pavement, and, while Delusion
works as a depressed Neil Young-ish wail, too much of Moviola sounds
A sudden country-rock flue makes
Durable Dream (Spirit Of Orr, 1999) sound like a lost
(but Call My Work still photocopies Harvest).
Just like the Grifters, the Moviola are being trapped in the classic lo-fi
dilemma: as they learn to play, they sound less and less original. Their forte
was their ineptitude.
Rumors Of the Faithful (Spirit Of Orr, 2001) continues in the
lo-fi roots-rock vein.
A five-piece line-up recorded East Of Eager (Anyway, 2004), which
introduced a new sound, hafway between
robust country-rock and agonizing garage-rock.
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