Monday, July 16, 2007


Reports (Boston Band) on WERS 07/09/07

This band insisted on a name that makes it frustratingly impossible to search for them online. Fortunately, for your own sanity, there isn't much to be found online yet anyway, so just enjoy the fiscal charts, consumer statistics and congressional webpages that come up instead.
Hopefully this will add to there online presence, making it the 3rd relevant hit for them. I wish they had more press because I really liked them.

Artist Interview/Live Mix Wrap-Up at WERS 07/09/07:

When the words "I like it loud" were jokingly proclaimed by Reports' deceivingly coy-looking bassist, Ben 'Rocco' Marci, during sound check for their WERS set, I should have known then that those would be the last words I'd hear for the night. Everything thereafter was muffled by a ringing in my ears, but that's OK because I also like it loud, and I'm not quite as fond of my eardrums.

The Reports sound is a maelstrom of bristling guitar riffs, meaty bass and heavy drums with symbols to spare, but are bouncy and catchy enough to make any disconnected hipster tap their feet (even while plugging their ears). Their set at WERS, in support of their album Mosquito Nets - which displays equal parts Oneida, Mission of Burma and Sonic Youth - hit the ground running with a two-part number called "Move and Glow." The psychedelicated "Yr Honor" plundered its way through plugged ears, and the more poppy toe-tapper, "Quarters," finished things off with a consolatory bang, like an older kid who might rough you up a bit, but will buy you a beer afterwards. If their sound isn't totally balls-to-the-wall, it's at least balls-to-the-closest-available-surface.

Reports is a Boston/Somerville band made up of at least twelve rotating members (all staples of the scene themselves), but performed in studio as a trio. Songwriter Martin Pavlinic explained, after the band recorded the album as a four-piece, they decided "to try something different," and constantly change the line-up, "rotating as an experiment." The experiment turned out to be a success, resulting in variations on their loosely-played garage rock, sometimes including two drummers, extra guitars and, for the first time at their upcoming July 17th Great Scott show, a keyboard player.

The fun they're having with making music extends from their evolving shows to their record label - Paper Cities, an almost exclusively vinyl start-up headed by Reports founded Martin Pavlinic. Owning Paper Cities makes it "something that is really hands on and special," as if saying to music fans, "we made this ourselves, please enjoy it." Though, in tune with their musical collective philosophy, the album is available digitally for free on Inman Street Records - if you like that kind of thing. These attitudes go hand-in-hand with their heavy involvement in the Boston music scene, which they describe as "under-appreciated." Marci adds that "people underestimate how complex and how many facets it has... it has multiple scenes and it's interesting to see how they interact," words that could definitely be applied to the band itself.
-Jordan Clifford

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