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Band: Polvo

Postby sixteenrev on Wed Nov 19, 2003 11:27 am

Always have had a hard time deciding on this one.
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Postby stackmatic on Wed Nov 19, 2003 3:10 pm

Polvo = 100% Not Crap. A great band. A somewhat curious band. Really did no wrong in my book. Always slightly odd (an understatement for their weakest, but still not even close to crap, _Shapes_). Always interesting. Their pinnacle, the fantastic _Exploded Drawing_, even with repeated listens, never quite sounds familiar (I mean this as a plus). Bizarre song structures, chords, tunings (lack of tunings?), etc. Many songs sound like they could completely unravel and fall apart at any moment. The guitars themselves often sound like they will fall apart at any moment. Somehow it all holds together.
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Postby sixteenrev on Wed Nov 19, 2003 3:19 pm

Yeah, agreed. Sometimes I just don't enjoy listening to them though, even their good albums. That doesn't make it crap though. I'll go with not crap.
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Postby the Classical on Wed Nov 19, 2003 3:31 pm

100% agreement w/ the good Mr Stackmatic, Polvo was great, not crap even if they had tried
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Postby piston on Wed Nov 19, 2003 3:46 pm

Crap

I used to like Polvo a whole bunch Untill I saw them live. The sucked so much ass I haven't looked back since, and that was in 1995.
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Postby the Classical on Wed Nov 19, 2003 4:05 pm

I saw in 95 (or 96, whenver) and they were great. Ha!
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Postby sixteenrev on Wed Nov 19, 2003 4:14 pm

I saw them in 96 or 97 at the TLA and Philly, before I had really sat down and listened to their albums.. I was completely indifferent towards it. They played well, but it was almost all their more straight up rockin songs. And the set was a bit too long.
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Postby stackmatic on Wed Nov 19, 2003 11:46 pm

the Classical wrote:I saw in 95 (or 96, whenver) and they were great. Ha!


Gotta agree with "the Class" here. I only saw them twice. The second time was phenomenal. They played to a room of about 9 people here in Milwaukee. Due to this poor turnout they seemed to want to get in and out in a hurry. Took the stage, did not say a word, and played _Exploded Drawing_ straight through in order in its entirity. Did not pause even once between songs - each melded perfectly into the next. I would love to witness that set again.
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Postby O H Lee on Sat Dec 06, 2003 7:37 pm

I suppose their approach to guitar playing in a rock band was different. Their recordings never left an impression. Live, they were about as exciting as watching clothes dry.

That's where my prejudice against Chapel Hill began.
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Postby nate nelson on Mon Dec 08, 2003 1:34 pm

polvo is one of my all time favorite bands. ash's lyrics sometimes suck though. but i don't care!
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Postby Maurice on Mon Dec 08, 2003 1:46 pm

Never saw 'em live, but what I'd heard on the radio reeled me in. I'll differ with Stack on Exploded Drawing, which in my opinion has a few good songs, but the creativity overall seems stretched thin there. OTOH, Today's Active Lifestyles boasts some real winners ("Thermal Treasure" starting from the loosest, non-fitting noise and just exploding, the gorgeous "My Kimono"), as does New Dark Age ("Tragic Carpet Ride" and "Old Lystra"--sweet driving music), before hitting the pinnacle of This Eclipse. I think it was the best example of what they were capable of, a fine balance of chaos, rock, noise, and pop. And even the comparatively weak Shapes has the gorgeous "El Rocio."

While, overall, there was some unevenness in the output, most emphatically Not Crap.
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Postby Ike on Mon Dec 08, 2003 4:55 pm

How anyone could ever think this band was crap is beyond me. Just a singular, yet not completely "out there" approach and sound.

As Mr. Stack hints at, "Ex. Draw." is simply one of the best albums out there. I was too young to see them "in their prime", or when they were a band, and it's one of my regrets.

I stand behind "Shapes", too. Better after not listening to it for a year or two. Creepier sounding.

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Postby XBangyrdead on Tue Feb 03, 2004 2:53 am

Are you kidding me...

NOT CRAP!!!
I could have been a contender...
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Postby gaetano on Tue Feb 03, 2004 8:47 am

they're my favourite band of the 90's alongside Brainiac.
ash is a real genius...does anyone know what he's up to?
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Postby toomanyhelicopters on Tue Feb 03, 2004 2:36 pm

post-polvo he was in helium... then in 2000 released a solo album under the band name Libraness, which was a bunch of 4-track stuff he had recorded from 93 to 2000... that's what i hear on the net anyways. no idea what he's been up to in the past 4 years... and i haven't heard Libraness, though i would expect to like it a lot.
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Postby yawn on Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:05 pm

College Prog Crap.
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Postby toomanyhelicopters on Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:24 pm

LOL. you go, girl!
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Postby Angus Jung on Wed Feb 04, 2004 3:04 am

Ash Bowie moved to SF- lived there for maybe a year? Recently left town I think. He was playing with a guy from Versus in a band called Whysall Lane (who nobody seemed to like- they got glossed "Why So Lame").
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Postby Angry_Dragon on Sat Sep 25, 2004 11:25 am

NOT CRAP
Celebrate The New Dark Age is such an amazing record.
I saw Ash play with Helium back in 97 or 98 on a tour with Blonde Redhead and I think he played with them at Lollapalooza 95 as well.
Better yet, eat the placenta!!!
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Postby ironyengine on Sun Sep 26, 2004 5:11 am

Yeah, pretty much no way dudes. Not crap, even on their worst day.
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