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June 14, 2008 7:02 PM

The smoothest bands at GMF...

Posted by andrew matson

...are locals Slender Means and Los Angeles band The Hanks.

Slender Means played around the corner at the Georgetown stage, and their slick pop rock was impeccable.

On disc, Slender Means' guitar rock grows tiresome, its prettiness workmanlike. Live, with all the character amps give guitars, Slender Means sounds a whole lot better. For a band that likes to pull off "yearning" as a song style and whose strong suits are its musicianship and songwriting, you need textures to make things stand out, and Slender Means was drawing that out of itself here. The members were really listening to each other, and when I left them, singer Josh Dawson's tenor vocals were perfectly restrained and carrying most of the melody.

Over at the Stockhouse stage, I watched The Hanks make GMFs worst music. It's a matter of preference, because the crowd gathered was not small- 150 people?- and people were swaying and bobbing, clearly getting into the music. It was "contemporary rock teenagers like" as defined by Hollywood.

Now Aqueduct is starting. I can already hear the chant: "Who wanna rock with the Aqueduct? You wanna but you know you can't stop the 'Duct!"

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