Beat Happening, You Turn Me On

Peter S. Scholtes

By Peter S. Scholtes

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
On their triumphant swan song, DIY indie’s flagship band buries the hammer.

Stretching out their strum-and-drone into something like Unrest's trance rock was regarded as a bad gamble even by fans in 1992. Yet "Tiger Trap" and "Sleepy Head" outlive the memory of the bands that took (or lent) those names, and the rest of the music is as willing to linger over notes, as ready to surprise with dissonant chord changes. The guitars (two of them now) sandpaper each other and become one; the toms become melodic. This is the music of peace from a trio that existed to jar. It was their final album.