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Friday, April 14, 2006


The Rogers Sisters "The Invisible Deck" (Too Pure/Hostess)

Rock musicians manifest the confrontational mode in many different ways, and New York's The Rogers Sisters utilize most of them. A classic power trio that has absorbed every trick the configuration has yielded over the years, the group works up from the kind of precision noise that sisters Jennifer and Laura practiced in math-rock band Ruby Falls, and merges it with the more prosaic priorities of bassist Miyuki Furtado, who grew up listening to Iron Maiden. The result is something like Sonic Youth without the pretensions to art, a controlled chaos with a darkly comic spirit and the gut appeal of pop metal.

Less overtly political than their first two CDs, "The Invisible Deck" still gets in your face with its relentless instrumental and vocal attack. "The Clock" is little more than a countdown song, but with each hour that's struck the intensity increases tenfold. Even when they slow the tempo down and add a flute on the psychedelic "The Littlest World," fuzz guitar rumbles out of the netherworld and eventually swallows everything. Here's a band who has mastered the art of melodic feedback, making confrontation fun.

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