Ive said it once and Ill say it again; Seattle is and still remains the Mecca for talented earth-shattering indie rock. The Mines are not the most innovative act you will ever hear in your life, but they are stellar non-the-less. The one track that makes me shiver is ironically called Thom Yrokes Driving which is an aptly named quintessential ballad about lifes conquers and struggles. For some reason I keep thinking about this article I read at about twelve which thought wed be driving these futuristic cars that got 1 mile to the gallon by the year 2000. Its like or expectations are never what they seem, but the idea is carried out through musical thought.
At best this album is thought provoking and makes you want to break out the guitar and figure out what the hell theyre doing to make those chords. With both Dismemberment Plan and The Dutch Plan as cited references I expected a lot and was not disappointed.