Review: MARVINS REVOLT // Patrolling The Heights

December 11, 2009

Patrolling The Heights

Patrolling The Heights

Marvins Revolt bears uncanny resemblance to Winnipeg’s kings of sloppy punk-influenced pop – The Paperbacks.   I can’t stop thinking that Doug McLean would really love this album.  But what attracted me to this band is the not-as-contrasting-as-one-might-think references of early REM and Manic Street Preachers before Richey Edwards’ unfortunate disappearance.  Earthy melodies and jangling guitars, presented with honesty and exuberance.  Yelping vocals set against strong guitar melodies and playful rhythms.

There is an infectious and unabated obsession with life that reminds me of the Rheostatics .  Like all these far-flung and unlikely reference points, Marvins Revolt places strong value on personal politics – the experiences of individuals in a world that doesn’t quite meet their standards or expectations.  This album is intensely political, but never preachy – instead choosing to personalize the effects of the global economy and nationalism.

“Make no mistake, because we won’t accept it.”

“We woke up with eyes shut.”

“Nothing we can say sets the whole world free.”

“Take a wild guess what went wrong here.”

Marvins Revolt is a Danish band, relatively unheard here in Canada.  I stumbled onto them through the Play/Rec label while following Greg MacPherson’s trail.  Patrolling The Heights is their third album.  Only question: who was Marvin, and what did he revolt against?

(ps: The louder you turn it up, the better it gets.)

(pps: To the Danes reading this blog and concerned about whats going on at the Copenhagen Climate Conference.  I apologize for our Prime Minister.  He’s a total bummer.)

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3 Responses to “Review: MARVINS REVOLT // Patrolling The Heights”

  1. Søren said

    Sounds good, MR is a Danish band, not dutch!! S

  2. Ah! Fixed it. My apologies.

  3. […] “Earthy melodies and jangling guitars, presented with honesty and exuberance.  Yelping vocals set against strong guitar melodies and playful rhythms.” (At Constant Speed) […]

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