Even though none of the four members of The Districts
are legally old enough to drink, there's something about growing up in America that they understand. From Lititz, PA, their sophomore album A Flourish and A Spoil
, out this week on Fat Possum Records
has that grunge passion of a garage band that got past the garage.
There's nothing particularly original about their sound, but there's a rawness to it that makes them very much a rock band, which these days is something special. They seem like the next natural phenomenon, the current installment in the trajectory who's most recent stop was The Strokes
, in a line of evolution from the Velvet Underground
Their music describes a world that is both heaven and hell. It's about heartbreak, minimum wage, families falling apart: growing up in the sprawl. On "Suburban Smell" lead singer Rob Grote sings, "There's a party at the rich kid house, I get stoned in basements." This is music for the small town kid that dreams of getting out. On perhaps the most beautiful song of the album, "6AM," Grote sings with a slight rasp to his voice, "All we are is all we are/And still I will become," and then with piercing honesty, "I'm scared and that's the best that I can say."
A Flourish and A Spoil
sounds like getting drunk on brass monkeys on a Tuesday night and then going to your opening shift at a grocery store. Once it's done you do it all again. Because these are the glory days, and you wouldn't have it any other way.
Check out two of their songs "Suburban Smell" and "4th and Roebling" off of their new album A Flourish and A Spoil
, which you can pre-order here.