The Muslims & The Prayers

July 1, 2007

The Muslims

Welcome back San Diego, California. Once home to Rocket From the Crypt (RIP), now home to Art Fag Records and a shitload of bands (see a list here). Two in particular have caught our interest here on the East Coast: The Muslims and The Prayers.

The Muslims play cool, straight ahead rock and roll, armed with rumbling bass lines and trebly guitars. So they’ve been often compared to (in their short lifespan) Loaded-era Velvet Underground, like that’s a bad thing. It’s a fair comparison, as there are moments of Lou Reed et al in the songs (the end of “Right and Wrong”), though not exclusively and certainly not intentionally according to the band. (“Call It a Day” actually sounds a little more like early Nirvana than anything.)

Singer Matt Lamkin has a hint of a Jonathan Richman speak-sing going on (more sing than speak really), but more often than not sounds a little like a mellowed Tim Kinsella from Cap’n Jazz. Take a listen and we’re sure you’ll catch yourself singing the lyrics, “All of my rich white friends feel they’re so entitled.” We are addicted to the Muslims, and think you should be too. Some songs are available for download off of their myspace page.

The Prayers, which are made from the remains of the arty noise rockers The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, play a ridiculously infectious updated version of 60’s pop-rock (harmonies included) in the mode of early Beatles and Beach Boys records. Their self-titled debut EP, God Save The Prayers, is twelve minutes of pure brilliance.

We suggest you pick it up here. “Clandestino” and “Loose Lips” are on repeat.

The Prayers – Live “Loose Lips”

The bands play together at The Smell in LA on July 21, and again on August 23 at Glasshouse in Pomona, CA.

One Response to “The Muslims & The Prayers”

  1. Mario orduno Says:

    Wow!! I’m glad you appreciate our fine offerings.

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