Margot and The Nuclear So & So’s Explode With New Sound

Margot

I look at failed relationships the same way that I look at anything in life: If there wasn’t good music involved, then what was the point? If you can’t steal good music from an ex, then what are you left with? Baggage, that’s what. Lucky for me, some guy I was running around with back in 2008 put a few tracks from Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s on a mixtape for me, and ever since then, I’ve been in love with the band.

What I love about Margot and Co. is that they are not afraid to evolve while still staying true to their sound. Their first release in 2006, The Dust of Retreat, featured an eight member band playing a wide range of instruments that created a unique and fascinating sound dubbed “chamber pop.” On their sophomore effort, they had ongoing disputes with their record label, Epic, which lead to the simultaneous release of two separate albums.  Each album contained twelve tracks, only sharing five.  (Animal! was Margot’s version of their second release, while Not Animal was Epic’s. Do you love it?)

By 2010, they surprised fans with the release their next album, Buzzard. The sound of the record was more rock-centric, leaving behind the chamber pop feel of their early days but keeping the mysterious sound that people loved. My favorite part of Buzzard was the lyrical maturity that their previous work hadn’t possessed.  Margot had always been an insightful and poetic band, but Buzzard proved they were all clearly growing up.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the band released their new album Gut Rot, Domestic which musically picks up where they left off with Buzzard. Their sound even grittier, the guitar riffs even louder, they seem intent on pushing the band away from their mellow sound (which was even called morose by some), to a harder, rockier vibe. Though their sound is changing, it has been a gradual and organic one.

I like Gut Rot, Domestic because for the first time, it seems like they’re not taking things so seriously and they’ve finally thrown caution to the wind to allow for a bit of fun. There are definitely a few moments that surprise me in the best possible ways on tracks like “Shannon” and “Fisher of Men.” Fans of their younger sound will take solace in songs like “A Journalist Falls In Love With Deathrow Inmate #16” and “Frank Left.” All of the songs still send shivers down my skinny little spine just like the first time I heard “Skeleton Key.”

When I last saw Margot in concert, I walked blocks and blocks in the rain to get to High Noon Saloon, and though I was soaked, the show was more than worth braving the elements for.  That’s why I’m so excited to see them once again this Thursday night at the High Noon Saloon at 9:00pm.  Tickets are still available here.

–Tynan Sinks

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