Conner - "The White Cube"
Underground Sounds Records
Much has been made of Conner and their "sound" as it compares to the
Strokes. We're gooing to ignore all that hype and rumor-mongering and
simply focus on their second album, The
White Cube, on its own.
Really, it's a good album. Granted, the band isn't breaking any new
ground. They're not treading the same ground broken by Television and
the Velvet Underground, as others have previously stated, however. Yes,
the jangly guitar sound, fuzzed vocals, and especially the all-analog
recording process cause The White
Cube to sound as if it had been
made in the late `70s. Really, Conner recalls not so much the
aforementioned New York punk gods, as the Clash during their more
The problem is that the album only rarely produces songs that lock into
your head's personal stereo. "Easy" has a bass line that borders on
hip-twitchingly addictive, but it's an exception, rather than the rule.
"On the Ground" is a by-the-numbers white boy blues stomper that
typifies Conner's sound on The White
Cube- while capable, it simply
reminds you of another band that you've heard before.