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Wednesday, November 29, 2000

This Is Adelaide

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

This Is Adelaide - PHOTO / KERRY DAVIS
Experiencing the structured clash of This Is Adelaide is akin to the first time you graphed a parabola: very structured, very nerdy, very magical. The band forms elaborate yet fathomable instrumental phrases and adds voice (either spoken, sung or screamed) only when appropriate. The music has a seriousness and tense sense of purpose, but it's obvious the band members don't take themselves too seriously, with note joke snippets between guitar curly-cues. Meanwhile, noise and bass take turns offering the rhythm and melody. The drums provide a calculated chaos support system. This cerebral silliness is further evidenced by song titles such as "Don't Forget the Turn Signal," "Grammar or Gravity?" or "Hey, Nice Sweatpants." The self-proclaimed tallest band in indie-rock is a must-see and that's not too hard. Chances are This Is Adelaide is playing somewhere right now.

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