Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Last Exit to Garageland
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
Garageland's "Last Exit to Garageland" has not been officially distributed in the U.S. for over five years (as a result of the label changing distributors). There are 22 tracks on the reissue album featuring eight bonus tr... more »
Garageland's "Last Exit to Garageland" has not been officially distributed in the U.S. for over five years (as a result of the label changing distributors). There are 22 tracks on the reissue album featuring eight bonus tracks including the previously unreleased sing-along worthy Byrds cover of "So You Want To Be A Rock-N-Roll Star". The Inspired rocker, "Graduation from Frustration," recorded in 1997, has never been released in the U.S., and was discovered by the on lat year's New Zealand release of a Flying Nun retrospective compilation. The twisted "Underground Nonsense" appeared as a hidden track on the U.S. release six years ago, and is now included in the credits. The remainder of the bonus tracks are rare b-sides that have not been released domestically including such gems as "Bus Stops," "One Shot" and "Shouldn't Matter But It Does." Bonus Tracks Include:
So You Want To Be A Rock-N-Roll Star
Graduation From Frustration
Shouldn't Matter But It Does
Cherry Cola Vodka (Hold The Ice)
Apply for Citizenship Now in Garageland
R. Mix | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | 10/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ever since I became aware of the music on New Zealand's Flying Nun label, I've been a virtual junkie for all things musical coming from that magic island. As best I could from half a world away, I've attempted to keep a close eye on the Kiwi music scene. (The cartons of Visine littering my house are testament-enough to that.)
And despite the eyestrain, even I can see--not to mention hear--that 'Last Exit To Garageland' is the best fix of Kiwi pop I've had in years. The fact that I discovered this CD nearly four years after the fact either means I need a new eyeglass prescription or that Garageland are destined to remain buried in obscurity.
In either case, this is a jewel. Musical caffeine.
It must be something in the water, or maybe it's genetic, but New Zealand bands bring a hard-to-define quality to their music. A sense of understatement that lends even the noisiest, most upbeat tracks here a kind of intimacy. It's music you want to crawl inside of.
Be it the noisy rush of "Fire Away", the giant, shimmering chords that propell "Nude Star" or the wobbly guitar that underscores "Tired And Bored", Garageland (and lead guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Eade) filter influences (the Buzzcocks and 'Chronic Town'-era REM are just a couple) through something distinctly and uniquely New Zealand, giving 'Last Exit To Garageland' a sound, a feel all its own.
If life were fair, Garageland would be ruling the charts, and we'd be watching their girlfriends sport their new 'dos on 'Entertainment Tonight'. As it is, I fear they'll be consigned to indie hell.
Make your lives--and theirs--a whole lot cooler and pick this up. I'll throw in the Visine."