Thursday, September 18, 2008

Rein Sanction - Mariposa


It's almost impossible to find reviews or articles about Rein Sanction that don't mention Dinosaur Jr. and guitarist J. Mascis. After listening to Mariposa, the Jacksonville, Florida band's third LP (second on Sub Pop and released in 1992), I understand the connection. Each band has a distinctive guitar sound that carries the music. But other than that, I'm not hearing much in the way of similarity between the two bands. A lot of Dino Jr. songs had melodies and hooks while Rein Sanction's stuff relies more on mood and atmosphere.

It's difficult to come up with a good description of the band's sound. For an idea, check out this review from Aquarius Records. Whoever wrote it goes pretty overboard with the language, but I'm willing to chalk it up to one too many bong hits and not some music writing douchebaggery. Maybe smoking a few bowls is the best way to listen to Mariposa. The first time through, none of the songs jumped out as instantly memorable. It's the kind of record (and the type of band) that grows on you after repeated listens.

The band released its two Sub Pop albums (Broc's Cabin and Mariposa) in 1991 and 1992 after grunge had blown up. I'm sure the records came and went unnoticed since they didn't have much in common with the bands that were getting all the hype. Since then, they put out another record in the mid-90's and a 7" in 2006.

Check out two songs from Mariposa:

Loaded Decision

Hell Day

Go here to buy the CD from Sub Pop.

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