Despistado, The People Of And Their Verses

Yancey Strickler

By Yancey Strickler

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Jade Tree bills this download-only album from Despistado as a "farewell," implying that message board tears are being shed over the band's demise. Except, of course, um, who are Despistado anyway? Not only is The People of and Their Verses the band's farewell, it's their full-length debut, too! (Talk about innovation!) The open hi-hats might unfairly lump them in with the post-punk retreads, but Despistado (Spanish for "confused") turn out to be dyed-in-the-wool-cap indie-rockers, a quintet of Canadians who practically declare allegiance to the Stars and Stripes, they love the D.C. sound so much. D.C.'s own The Dismemberment Plan are an obvious signpost, as are the D.C.-based Slowdime emo acts of the mid '90s; TPoaTV might be the best Q & Not U album ever and, possibly, a preview of what the next Les Savy Fav could sound like. Opener "Burning House" and "This Neighborhood" are both great (if conventional), and there isn't much not to like here. Despistado, we hardly knew ya…