SOLIDS

 
 

Hackneyed as it may be to mention, the Montreal duo Solids did an excellent job choosing a name. While listening to 'Blame Confusion' (Fat Possum / Dine Alone Records), it's hard to imagine that an album this densely packed with sound is the handiwork of just two people, but guitarist Xavier Germain-Poitras and drummer Louis Guillemette fill every possible nook and cranny on their 2014 debut album with heavy yet melodic music. Like plenty of other indie rock bands in the 2010s, Solids take inspiration from alt-rock's early-'90s heyday, and it's easy to hear bits of Sonic Youth, Superchunk, and Dinosaur Jr. in their revved-up songs. At times they also resemble a lo-fi ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, however, Germain-Poitras and Guillemette's time in hardcore bands is just as important to Solids' approach; the duo sounds much more passionate than the like-minded bands that borrow too much from the slacker ethos of the '90s. They wear this anthemic spirit well: the tension between Guillemette and Germain-Poitras' big sound and Adrian Popovich's stripped-down production generates sparks.