Let’s Drag Our Feet
There’s a line on this album’s cover that serves as a warning, explanation and/or rallying cry, depending on your perspective: “Written and produced by BOAT.” That’s almost entirely a good thing, as the band writes one heck of an indie-rock song (Exhibit A: “(I’m A) Donkey for Your Love,” the undisputed single-worthy tune from this effort; Exhibit B: the simple, satirical and slowed-down version of their Internet-only cult hit, “The Ferocious Sounds of Lobsters and Snakes/Mom, Dad, Me and You”). But the production part deserves a bit of qualification: it’s low-fi at its fuck-all finest, with all the gangly, muffled, fuzzy imperfections waving proudly in the wind. It may turn off some audiophiles, but mostly it just adds to this band’s casual appeal.
The trio’s sound—frontman D. Cane started BOAT in his Seattle basement with a host of guest musicians; the current lineup features bassist M. McKenzie and drummer J. Goodman—is in the same line as Neutral Milk Hotel, A.C. Newman, Wolf Parade, etc. It’s mostly upbeat and punctuated by Cane’s nasal crooning, and only fails when the tempo falls and the band seems to hold back (“A Phone that Rings for Free”). Luckily, those instances are rare, leaving BOAT—and all its wonderful imperfections—out in the open for all to hear.
BOAT plays the Badlander Monday, July 23, at 9 PM with Victory Smokes, Good Neighbor Policy and Vampire Weekend. $3.