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Those Manic Seas, The Absent Center, Motel Glory

When: Mon., March 12 2012

THOSE MANIC SEAS Teleprompter-driven vocals notwithstanding, Richmond’s Those Manic Seas sounds like 2002 all over again. There’s the asymmetrical, sinuous guitar of pre-Good News for People Who Love Bad News Isaac Brock, the disco-rock stomp of early-2000s Brooklyn indie, and just enough hints of U2 and Radiohead to give the whole thing a radio-ready glaze. Yet Those Manic Seas educate these largely out-of-use rock tropes with bits and pieces of things that have come since, such as persistent delay-loaded guitar work that implies an after-hours Explosions in the Sky. (Corbie Hill)

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