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Fallow Field

  • 1. By the Bay
    2. Walk Through the Woods
    3. Deflect It
    4. Poison Control
    5. Boots as Clubs
    6. It's So Scandalous
    7. Old World, The
    8. Gold Light
    9. Cult Baby
    10. You Could Never Know
    11. Out of Sight
    12. Vandal Hymn
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 431

  • Credits
    ProducerThe Old Haunts
    EngineerJason Powers; Nick Martin; Stefan Simikich

    Old Haunts: Scott Seckington (bass guitar); Craig Extine, Danny Sasaki.
    Personnel: Craig Extine (vocals, guitar); Scott Seckington (keyboards); Chris Sutton, Danny Sasaki (drums).
    Additional personnel: Natalie Cox (drums); Chris Sutton.
    Recording information: 2002-2004.
    Photographers: Mark Geil; Jeff Smith .
    Fallow Field is Old Haunts' Kill Rock Stars debut, consisting of two previous EPs from the Olympia stomp rockers with six new tracks added. It's sorta country, this band's stuff, with Craig Extine's slippery yowl out front of spindly guitars and the kind of rhythm that only requires one big kick drum. (Though there's a snare too, and at least one cymbal.) "Deflect It" and "Boots Are Clubs" are great distillations of this. But Old Haunts also have a punk sensibility in the vein of the Wipers or Chicago's Drapes -- intriguingly rough edges, and songs that are tossed-off but still dangerous. "By the Bay"'s pace is hyper and impatient, "Old World" adds rickety farmhouse piano to a typically tense pacific northwest indie rattle, and "You Could Never Know" only needs slashing guitar and the choppy reports of a snare to make Extine's vocal sound perfect and urgent. Fallow Field is only about a half-hour-long, and rarely wavers from its favorite sound, staccato guitar notes pecking at muddy but expressive basslines. (See "Cult Baby.") But despite their limitations, Old Haunts bring a cool sense of creakiness to their songs. "Walk Through the Woods" is aptly named -- Fallow Field sounds like hill people's punk rock. ~ Johnny Loftus

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