C – Dep EP

Dep EP

Man, writing for DOA rules. I mean, where else would I get the chance to hear indie rock from the Czech Republic?
C is a three-man instrumental indie rock band. Problem is, I don’t have much more information about them. See, the main problem with my college education is that I didn’t learn much in the way of foreign languages. Actually, I did learn a bit, but Spanish isn’t gonna help me translate the following sentence, taken from the band’s website: “V soucasne dobe pripravujeme spolecne evropske turne s kapelou Deverova Chyba. Turne se uskutecni v rijnu 2001.” Heh. Try guessing that puzzle on “Wheel of Fortune.”
Well, language barriers aside, C has put together a short (23 minutes) but entertaining piece of mostly-instrumental indie rock listening. Album opener “Comm-Post Rock” kicks off with a guitar-laden groove before segueing into an electronic, almost underwater feeling sound. “Strictly Rhythm” begins with a guitar cadence that builds to a burst of chords that takes the song into Race Car Riot territory. By the time of the big build-up, drum beats are flying everywhere as a deep bass sound backs the chugging ’emo’ guitars. C gets a bit more funky with “Bristol Connection,” which sounds like it could’ve been used as the backing to a ‘man-on-the-street’ scene in “Shaft.” The album’s first vocals appear here, a spoken rap by MC JD that’s punctuated by dreamy, clean-tone wah-wah guitar breaks.
The ’emo’ guitars are back to kick off “Pleckt-Room,” though, which starts off sounding like a Sugar B-side before winding into more intricate LandSpeedRecord! territory. The thick bass sound holds this track together, standing out amongst all of the song’s individual pieces. Actually, the opening/closing bassline is a bit reminiscent of the walking bassline in “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone.” More dreamy guitar tones kick off “Brewery 8 P.M.,” permeated by more thick bass work. The drumming on this track is nice as well – fast and furious, but restrained enough to keep it from overtaking the vibe created by the guitar and bass sound. Things get a little spacey with the addition of some keyboard effects, but the overall groove of the track stays intact even throughout the “heavying up” that ends the song.
“Ice With Cabbage” is a really thick and simple rock groove along the lines of NoMeansNo’s ‘punkish’ instrumental tracks. DJ BitBob does some ‘reverb-feedback’ scratching over the middle portion of the track, making the guitar/bass groove seem even tighter coming out of it. Album closer “C Stopped the Clock” kicks off with a staggered bassline and some alternately delicate and crunchy ’emo’ guitar sounds. A brief keyboard interlude shakes things up before the guitars take back over, leading to a round of the members of C monotonously stating, “C Stopped the Clock – Give a sunrise twice a day” in a moment that comes off pretty spooky sounding.
All in all, C’s put together a pretty solid EP here. The material is hardly groundbreaking, but as far as indie post-hardcore stuff goes, I’ve heard a helluva lot worse. Recommended.