Of God & Science
SPIN.com 4/23/07 Of God and Science Experiments With Rhythm-Driven Genre-Bending April 23, 2007 Exclusive! Download '5'7'' from Albuquerque rockers, Of God and Science. A band name like Of God and Science seems at first to be an oxymoron, but a listen to this New Mexico-based quartet's music shows how apt it is, considering their relative ease in straddling different (sometimes opposing) sounds. Tracks like 'America's Queen' seem steeped in dive bar country rock and blues while more subdued offerings like 'Drift Alone' channel a solo Blake Sennet from Rilo Kiley, heavy on charm and nimble plucking skills. Adding to the genre-confounding mix, '5'7'' opens with trance-inducing experimentation (think post-Bends Radiohead), all eerie organs and driving percussion. Of God and Science's eponymous debut arrives May 1 on Detach. BRIANA MOWREY Now Hear This: Of God and Science - '5'7'' DOWNLOAD MP3 adequacy.net 3/22/07 Delusions of Adequacy -D. M. Bush 03/22/07 The artwork that accompanies of god and science shows two figures, each pointing a pistol at the other's forehead. Inside, the vanquished of the two has his skull replaced by a brush-stroke of blood and a fleeing bullet, his revolver lowered halfway to the ground. The victor kneels by the album's credits, his weapon gripped firmly in the posture of a prayer. This scene, the absurd gravity of 'of god and science' itself, the levelheaded solemnity of the band's lyrics- all indications of a band that takes it's craft quite seriously. Perhaps, you might argue, a bit too seriously. But that all depends on where you fall on pop's spectrum, for this is, without qualm, a pop record: of god and science do nothing if not acknowledge five decades of the genre's development. So, with the dourness of Calla and compositional tendencies recalling the Black Heart Procession, of god and science apply themselves to songwriting. Fortunately, they bring a lot to this table; you will hear few albums in this arena that use timbre more effectively. Rhodes piano, banjo, a sublime slide guitar- of god and science choose their matches splendidly. It also makes it somewhat difficult to place them: opener '5'7'' follows the aforementioned Black Heart Procession's 'Tropics of Love,' but it's a red herring. 'America's Queen' and 'Empty Space' mine alt-country vertigo of the Margot and the Nuclear So-and-So's sort, and instrumental 'Nations Are Cults' underscores the band's New Mexican upbringing. The latter, outlined by a regular chord progression and absolutely permeated with slide guitar, is particularly affecting; it invokes the aridity of the area as well as Daniel Lanois' work on the Friday Night Lights soundtrack conjures west Texas. The piece's inclusion also characterizes the release as a whole. It's nearly a device to distance the band from Albuquerque's favorite Billboard-topping sons the Shins; directly in the middle of the album, five minutes of wordless composition, it's a distinctly western declaration of independence. The songs that precede and follow are reconsidered, called back for reassessment in it's proximity, and the album is considerably strengthened, for it is also a lynchpin. In a word, it contextualizes the entire affair. What, then, of the total effect? It's not pop mastery on the level of Islands or The Decemberists, but it is a perfectly assembled, if somewhat offbeat, entry into the genre. As a result, it's a release that seems to have been aimed particularly at growing more interesting with successive listens rather than immediate and temporary satisfaction. Smother.net 3/7/07 Created essentially a decade ago, Of God and Science is an experiment in sonic abrasion with an emphasis on melody. The stirring renditions laid within this self-titled LP showcase the group from New Mexico's notion that two opposing forces can actually join hand-in-hand and be as one, much like their moniker might suggest. Their sound is somewhere near old Radiohead and more spacious Bright Eyes tunes. But more importantly, it's a sound you'll want to hear. - J-Sin babysue.com 3/2/07 Of God and Science - Of God and Science (CD, Detach, Pop) Thank God there are still underground pop bands around that rely on real drums and real guitars. When the introductory throbbing beat to the opening track began, we had a feeling we were going to be very impressed with this band's music. The fellows in Of God and Science are based in Albuquerque, New Mexico where they also help manage and run the Detach Records label. The band's tunes are guitar oriented underground pop with unusual shifting melodies and moody arrangements. A word of warning. This band's songs will not clobber you over the head the first time you hear them. Instead of instantly catchy feelgood pop, these fellows write unpredictable mature guitar pop that is difficult to describe and difficult to compare to other bands. The subtle beauty of the band's melodies will surely grow on you over time. Excellent dreamy vocals merge with articulately crafted guitars to create a rather intoxicating sound indeed. This 40 minute album features eight killer tracks including '5'7',' 'A Lesson In Decay,' 'Into the Light,' and 'Drift Alone.' Great stuff we will be spinning again and again and again. Recommended. (Rating: 5++) wolf-notes.com 2/28/07 In more than one way, Of God And Science is a band that seeks to harmonize two seemingly disparate things on their debut: There's the name (most obviously) and then there's the group's sound, which often attempts to reach the same highs and lows of Elbow, Clearlake, Doves, and basically any British band that sounds as though they belong on Astralwerks. But here's the thing: These guys hail from Albuquerque, an American city that's better known in indie circles for young artists like Beirut and Ramona Cordova who aim for an entirely different set of clouds. And that's just on the first song: 'America's Queen'-a barnstormer and presumably not a song about Oprah Winfrey-sounds nothing like '5'7?.