The Library Is On Fire, Works on Paper

Ian Cohen

By Ian Cohen

on 01.31.12 in Reviews

Works On Paper

The Library Is On Fire
Short blasts of arty, hook-filled punk and scrappy acoustics

The album’s named Works on Paper and the band’s called The Library Is on Fire, so you’re expecting something undoubtedly bookish, right? Yes, songs therein reference Basquiat, Rothko, Hypnos and, um, Monster Island, suggesting a great deal of cultural literacy. But the key idea is that the album title itself is a statement – Works indeed feels transposed from a sketchbook of ideas, with short blasts of arty, hook-filled punk and scrappy acoustics that sound wonderfully out of step with 2012. While originally available on Bandcamp, every turn and angle plays out from a strictly pre-digital ideal of indie rock – “Fly Sucka On The Score” cops the strut of post-Elektra Spoon without the starched collars, “Stupid Summer Morning” imagines Elephant 6 bummed out after too many domestic beers, and all of it put together with a blue-collar efficacy that honors their Ohio roots more than their Brooklyn home.