I really didn’t mean to peek at today’s entry because I want this whole thing to be one big surprise, but unfortunately it was only one randomly generated number behind yesterday (Thursday’s A City by the Light Divided).
Mind Like a Man, Soul Like a Child is the debut full length from the Lakeland, Florida-based Terra Terra Terra. The band describes their sound as “anthemic pop-rock.” I would say that’s a fair title, and I’d add in that they’re an easily-digestible band built for mainstream rock radio airplay.
This is one of the albums I’ve had for a long time because there’s a handful of good, memorable songs on here, and because the various members that have passed through the band in the last 4 years were/still are my friends. But it has been transferred computer-to- computer, iPod Classic to iPod Touch and now to iPhone, possibly only because of nostalgia.
Full disclosure: I used to be in a band that sounded… vaguely similar to what TTT once aimed to be, so our bands crossed paths on a number of occasions. Good peoples for sure. But then the “scene” around here in Central Florida seemed to make a serious nosedive.
I’ve attended anywhere from 15-50+ shows in a year, and since… I’d say, the middle of 2010-on, attendance at shows of every kind (local to large venues) and genre (hardcore, indie rock, whatever) fell off entirely, with the exception of the “huge” acts. Obviously, Radiohead is gonna sell out forever, and maybe I have a skewed expectation of the bands that I listen to being more popular than they are, but I remember completely sold out, 1000-capacity shows for bands like The Blood Brothers. Obscure, avant-garde hardcore bands were selling out State Theatre in St. Pete, and now someone like Andrew WK can’t? I don’t get it.
When the “scene” dropped off here in mid-Florida, TTT’s popularity waned. They are apparently releasing a new album this month, so we’ll see what happens with that.
MLaMSLaC (not as catchy anagram’d, for the record) is a decent pop rock album that will remind some listeners of Lovedrug or, if you stretch a bit, Copeland (another Lakeland band). Two of the tracks try out the “recorded phone conversation with interesting commentary” (“Prologue,” “Only the Penitent Men Shall Pass”) production technique, which is a cool aside, I guess.
Also, they drop a killer Wes Anderson/”Bottle Rocket” reference (“This Is My Associate Cornelius”).
While it’s nothing to write home about, it’s worth a listen, and there are a handful of tracks that are super catchy.
Standout tracks: “Paradigm” and “Transmission Lost” and “Taking Her Home”
Weakest track: “Now You Will See Me”
RIYL: Pop-rock, indie rock. Copeland, Lovedrug. Their bio says Coldplay, so I guess them too, but I wouldn’t know.