WVUM's Music Staff is bringing back Classic Album Spotlights and our Music Director Jarryd is kicking things off with one of his favorites.
Black Tambourine (2010)
Ok, ok. This isn’t a classic album as much as it is a compilation of 25-year old songs that never really got an LP release. In fact, only two tracks (“Throw Aggi Off the Bridge” & “By Tomorrow”) were ever officially released at all. But for those who love feedback and reverb in their indie pop, Black Tambourine should be considered as seminal as Ride, Galaxie 500, or, dare I say, My Bloody Valentine (I dare!). Active in DC at a time when Hardcore Punk reigned supreme in the area, Black Tambourine built a Wall of Sound that’s as much Spector Pop as it is DIY Noise. Composed of the aforementioned two singles, as well as unreleased tracks, demos, and covers of Buddy Holly’s “Heartbeat” and Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream”, Black Tambourine is a classic and a personal favorite.
Band members: Pam Berry (vocals)
Brian Nelson (guitar)
Archie Moore (bass)
Mike Schulman (drums)
Origin: 1989, Washington D.C.
Genre(s): Noise Pop, Shoegaze
Influenced: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Dum Dum Girls, Crystal Stilts
Recommended tracks: 5. I Was Wrong, 6. Throw Aggi Off the Bridge, 9. By Tomorrow