They spent two days tracking the two songs in his New Jersey studio, with hopes of breaking the barrier between a live show and recorded sound. So they recorded live in studio, and the tracks are their most involving to date. It is that Cobain-evoking scream on "The Comedian" and the discordant guitar dive in the solo from "Liar Thief" that place Mean Creek among their grungier forebears of decades past while reserving for them a relevant spot among the new. This could be it.
"I was transfixed," says Agnello via e-mail. "Watching this shy band start playing in the studio and turn into this power that could rip your face off."
Maybe The Comedian will spark Mean Creek's ascent from regional semi-fame to national glory. Maybe it'll do okay and they'll just keep at it. (Hey, it took Yo La Tengo seven records to write I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One.) Either way, I hear J. Mascis, on Beyond, rasping, "This is all I came to do."
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