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The Grackles- Honeypot 
By Gary Schwind

The Grackles are a Chicago threesome who play tight, punchy songs.  The one thing that stood out to me is the balance the band displays.  All three of the instruments are prominent throughout the CD, but you can’t really say that any one instrument drives the sound more than the others.

If I had to put The Grackles into a category, I’d call them a screamo band, and a good one at that.  They remind me most of a band from Columbus, Ohio, called Preston Furman.  The Grackles tend toward mellow verses and choruses in which all three members increase their volume.  “Brick Cloud” is a good example of this transition.  The verses of “Brick Cloud” have a kind of alt/pop or emo sound and the chorus is filled with screeching feedback and screaming reminiscent of Sonic Youth.

“Just Be Quiet” is an intriguing song because it sounds like that’s exactly what The Grackles decided to do on this song.  It’s a mellow song, toned down significantly from the rest of the album.  This song reminds me of another Columbus band called Earwig.  

There is a lot of energy on this album, which leads me to believe that The Grackles are a good live band.  They sound like they pour their hearts into making their music, and to be honest, that’s pretty refreshing.  Honeypot is a very solid album that is worth checking out and at only thirty-six minutes, leaves you wanting more.

CD Info 

The Grackles- Honeypot
Label: Pirate Alley Records
1. Sun Spots
 2. Brick Cloud
 3. In the Shadow of a Rocking Chair
 4. You Should Hire a Singer
 5. 700,000
 6. Just Be Quiet
 7. Backwards Day
 8. A Language Far Away
 9. Under Golden Grandeur
 10. Taste the Long Goodbye
 11. Glue
 12. Promise Nothing
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