Districts, The - Popular Manipulations [Indie Exclusive Orange Color Vinyl]
It's not uncommon for musicians to grow and evolve between releases – but even by those standards, the Districts' Popular Manipulations is stunning. The Pennsylvania-borne band's third full-length represents an exponential leap in sound and cohesion, an impressive and impassioned burn with a wide scope that threatens to swallow everything else surrounding it.
The distinctly intense sound of Popular Manipulations – charging guitars, thunderous drumming, and Grote's searing vocals – was brought on by a few cited influences, from shoegaze's aggressive swirl to the Velvet Underground's impeccable drone-rock sound. There's a distinctly Canadian flavor to this brand of indie rock, too; Spencer Krug's anthemic, lushly inscrutable work in Wolf Parade and his defunct Sunset Rubdown side project comes to mind, as does 2000s Toronto barn-burners the Diableros' overlooked 2006 gem You Can't Break the Strings in Our Olympic Hearts.
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