By Brian Nac
The beauty of a good rock band is being able to make layered, complex
and involved pieces of music and make them sound incredibly simple. Even
more impressive is when a band like Pittsburgh's Meeting of Important People
can pop out a brand new tune in the morning, and by the afternoon
anyone who has listened to it will think its been around for years; the
music is that infectious.
The first few tracks on My Ears Are Having a Heart Attack are
some some of the most ridiculously catchy songs I've heard this year.
Musically, the album isn't a complete departure from the previous
releases, but the guys in MOIP seem to have been listening to some late
70s era art-punk during the writing process this time around. The
opening track, "Innocents Abroad" would fit comfortably on Television's Marquee Moon, which is some pretty mighty company to be keeping.
The 9 songs on MEAHAHA are all over the board thematically, which is an impressive feat for an LP that comes in under the 30 minute mark.
There is an added excitement in the air with the release of this album as this project was funded by the crowd sourcing website Kickstarter
earlier this year. For a band that plays so many free (or cheap) shows
in the area, its refreshing to see the Pittsburgh community give back to
a mighty talented band. But the fans who backed the recording of this
album will definitely be pleased with their investment. The production
is tight and the band sounds as good as it deserves.
The band is celebrating the release of
My Ears Are Having a Heart Attack
with an all ages show this
Friday, August 24th at Mr. Smalls. Also on the bill are recently
re-united female trio Great Ants and Pet Clinic. Doors at 7; music
starts at 8.