The tear-down and rebuild. It's almost always the kiss of death (see Roses, Guns 'N; the current Ace and Peter-less KISS). In the case of Salt Lake's good-rockin' Magstatic, it happens to be a resurrection.
A year ago, after two albums (1999's Cruiseliner and 2001's Wristrockets and Rollercoasters) and scattered EPs and compilations (1998's Kung Fu EP, Deep Elm's Emo Diaries #??, a 7" for Sub Pop), Magstatic nucleus Terrance D.H. was without a band. Drummer Joe Patterson loaded up the truck and moved to Seattle, bassist Pete Lindgren left for love. All signs pointed to Sololand, until D.H. hooked up with drummer Garry Ventura (Raffgreen, The Love Remote) at a party for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.
"We started jamming and the energy and the sound was so good, the band was almost complete, with just the two of us," says D.H. The two briefly considered forming a two-man band, but elected to re-staff and revitalize Magstatic. "I realized the songs were all mine, so why not carry on as Magstatic?"
Enlisting members of Salt Lake punks Nurse Sherri (bassist Chelsa Vaun, guitarist Jason Horn), Magstatic rehearsed for five months and debuted the new lineup and new material at a show with the Boss Martians in May 2002. The new players infused D.H.'s songs with verve and vigor and in no time were in Counterpoint Studios laying tracks. The result is Country vs. City.
As the Salt Lake City Weekly puts it, "Magstatic hits the sweet spot between 1999's song-oriented melody buffet, Cruiseliner and the blowing-out-the-cobwebs rockfest, Wristrockets and Rollercoasters. In its new incarnation, Magstatic has created a sublime rock and roll experience."
And how. Country vs. City is a feast of buzz-and-jangle guitars, sweet melodies and vapor-locked arrangements. And D.H., always a prolific songwriter, tops himself with the Southern-tinged lament "Country vs. City," the buzz-and-wail rocker "Gotta Get Away," the meathook chorus of "Somedays" and the sing-songy "Home." Country vs. City is Magstatic fulfilling its potential.
"Our sound is more refined, with the emphasis on structure and hooks," D.H. says. "Beyond that, Jason adds a new element that keeps things interesting for the listener. We're just so much more solid, stylistically and musically. And the live show flat-out rocks!"
Country vs. City is rock and roll!
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1. Country Vs. City
2. Gotta Get Away
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