I am always amazed at how far-reaching and influential Neutral Milk Hotel’s 1998 album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea has been to so many artists.
On their debut recording, Wisconsin band The Chairs, with Alex Schaaf doing the vocal honors and searing guitar licks, pay homage to that source of inspiration. This cover is featured on a five-song EP that the band is self-releasing tomorrow on their website.
But the Chairs aren’t just a cover band; their original songs are well-written and arranged with just the right balance of assertiveness and restraint. “I Gotta Go” has great dynamics, laying low at first and then coming out with a blast of sound. “Polly” is my personal favorite. Listen to them all on the little player on their website. Their November EP is a fine debut.
The Chairs from November EP:
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Neutral Milk Hotel cover)
Photo by alt-gramma: telegraph weed