Monday, 15 May 2017
Power Pop/Garage Rock: Bare Wires - Idle Dreams 2012 Vinyl (Southpaw Records) Flac & mp3
It’s impossible to listen to this album without considering the context: Bare Wires met an abrupt end at SXSW 2012 after a scary health concern kept one of the band’s members hospitalized. The rest of the band scrambled to play the shows they had booked. Frontman Matt Melton just seemed to want to move on to his next musical outlet (his current band is the more glammy Warm Soda) and concentrate on running his label, Fuzz City.
In the midst of the usual chaos of South-By, the compounding mess that Bare Wires were working through should theoretically have made their shows a disaster, but they played some of the best sets I had seen that whole week. Their last set as a band was a final, gasping explosion with a power that any band could envy.
If that was the end, then this album is the debris that remains as the dust settles. Not unlike its predecessor, Cheap Perfume, the first few tracks on Idle Dreams bring that fuzzy-glam-sound-set-to-distorted-power that typically characterizes Bare Wires on the whole.
As the album moves on, though, it marks a departure from that sound. Tracks like “Julia” and “Don’t Leave Me Here” carry a weight. They raise questions about where the band might have gone, had it survived to the present. They have a maturity about them. They don’t feel like tracks that were tailored to blow peoples respective genitals off at shows like some from the previous albums (there’s really nothing wrong with that though, they worked.) By the time the final song, “School Days” kicks in, it becomes clear that whether or not it would have happened soon anyway, Bare Wires is done. It’s a call to never settling short of ones dreams, regardless of the consequences. It causes a knee-jerky warm head-nod; it’s a great song.
As always, the production on the album is impressive–Melton has an ear for the intricacies of recording. But it’s not their best release. Most of the songs are good, some are amazing, but the album feels disjointed at times. It feels like something they did out of respect to what Bare Wires was. Regardless, it’s an essential listen. It’s not their best album, but it may be their most important.(lo-pie.com 2012)
Well done work by Matthew Melton and band. Garage meet Power Pop. A powerful album with good melody lines. To me Meltons efforts always make fun and this album is no exception.
Frank Flac & mp3@320