I was bound to review Spacemaker no matter what genre the band was thanks to the intriguing information that Microtia create their own instruments and that this album cover and artwork is made out of Pabst Blue Ribbon and Marlboro Light boxes. Thatâ€™s rock â€˜nâ€™ roll right there folks. Or at least thatâ€™s broke-unsigned-artist. Thankfully, the disc (which unfortunately is not made out of the beer that was inside the PBR boxes) contained a sound that fits the nature of the artwork pretty well.
The name of the final track on the album describes Microtiaâ€™s sound perfectly â€“ â€œPocket Full of Bee Stingsâ€. The sharp, jagged guitar riffs sort of poke at you until youâ€™ve given in and accepted the fact that that many different rock and metal genres join forces on this disc to create a loving family. The overall sound is a post-something â€“ maybe post-rock, more certainly post-hardcore (one day Iâ€™m calling something â€œpost-musicâ€ and seeing if it sticks) with some spacey moments, some stoner riffs and some good old fashioned RnR tossed in for good measure. And you know it has to be post some kind of genre with song titles like, â€œThatâ€™s the Problem with Owning Half the State of Californiaâ€, â€œTone Mountain vs. The Body of Riffageâ€ and â€œIâ€™ll Fight Harpsicordâ€ (would have been better with a comma after Fight â€“ just sayinâ€™).
Cave In fans and stoner dudes would probably like this album a lot, which means a lot of people should like Spacemaker. Interestingly enough, after going through this, it made me pull out the debut album from The Used though. I keep hearing â€œA Box of Sharp Objectsâ€ (maybe the aforementioned bee-stings) from them in many of the Microtia tracks. I hope thatâ€™s considered a good thing at this point, because the disc is quite solid, especially â€œ1000% Sureâ€ which is certainly going to remain in my rotation for a while.
Now maybe just like the Used, Microtia can have their singer have sex with some member of the Osbourne family and they also can get their 15-minutes of fame! Wait â€“ that wonâ€™t work anymore. How about Gene Simmonsâ€™ kid? Theyâ€™re still on TV.