Deathray Davies, the / Midnight at the Black Nail Pol
Album: Midnight at the Black Nail Pol   Collection:General
Artist:Deathray Davies, the   Added:Jun 2003

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-08-25 Pull Date: 2003-10-27
Week Ending: Oct 26 Oct 5 Sep 28 Sep 21 Sep 14 Sep 7
Airplays: 2 3 2 3 3 2

Recent Airplay
1. May 26, 2006: The Lunchbox
4. Oct 24, 2003: Distraction-Limited
Low and Silent
2. Apr 13, 2005: Strange Attractor
The Girl Who Syole the Eiffr
5. Oct 22, 2003: press and release
Gone Against the Tide
3. Apr 16, 2004: Distraction-Limited
The Girl Who Syole the Eiffr
6. Oct 01, 2003: In the Leaves
Maggie Doesn't Blink

Album Review
Eric Katz
Reviewed 2003-08-20
The oh-so-cutely-named Deathray Davies is an ambitious indie-pop band that draws on all sorts of '60's influence. I hear psychedelic-era Byrds (the mix of horns & all sorts of manipulated guitars), Gary Glitter-style glam, and especially the miniature pop symphonies of the Beach Boys. While _MATBNPF_ sounds nothing like the Beach Boys, somehow, I hear this album aspiring to be _Pet Sounds_. There is the same type of accessible artiness with the songs progressing in
carefully arranged sections. There are touches of the same sensitivity and introversion (a number of songs about a girl who just stares). The songwriting is pretty strong with catchy cryptic lyrics and a variety of styles. Some of the songs are so catchy that you'll be singing along after one listen. The vocals are a little wimpy but not irritating, maybe think of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot-era Wilco.
My only compaint is that the band may be a little too meticulous. I'm dying to hear them cut loose and rock and roll.

stand-out tracks: 4,10,11,6,7 8

1. simple tinkling instrumental
2. glammy guitar, treated indie vocals, never quite rocks, has noisy part towards end
3. wimpy vocals, has backtracked guitars and horns, catchy
4. crunchier groove, memorable melody, sounds like a thousand great pop song in the back of my head, Pixies-inspired jamming at end
5. catchy, slight Sadies-style spaghetti western here, wimpy vocals with fun horn break, angsty lyrics
6. stomping groove, distorted guitar, rocks a little more, immediate and memorable
7. delicate acoustic, wonderfully dumb love song, catchy lyrics
8. organ driven, garage-flavored, upbeat
9. childish instrumental
10. brilliant Gary Glitter-style rocker
11. an epic-feel, manages to be both rocking and wimpy, nice interplay of acoustic and electric instruments
12. spare Pinback-style chime, probably too long
13. Instrumental recalling the first track but this time with piano and
distorted guitar

Track Listing
1. The Staring Contest   7. Dominique
2. Gone Against the Tide   8. I Regret the Day
3. I Was that Masked Man   9. You Cant Keep a Staright Pok
4. The Girl Who Syole the Eiffr   10. How to Win at Roulette
5. Low and Silent   11. They Stuck Me in a Box
6. Maggie Doesn't Blink   12. Midnight at the Black Nail