Business Hours is the perfect introduction to this avant-indie trio, known for quirky, carefully-crafted songs that unexpectedly shift between passages of ernest melody and choatic intensity. Pavement, Guided By Voices, Tom Waits, Elliott Smith, Sonic Youth, David Byrne (late solo), Fugazi. Bob Dylan, and Built to Spill all figure in as influences bold as well as subtle. Grimly humorous songs about the world outside and in. VOCALS: Calvin Johnson, Beck, Malkmus, Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed. Honest, deep voice with wryness, not belting. GUITAR: Bursts of noise and understated, intelligent composition. A strange penchant for Chet Atkins and Marc Ribot. BASS: Inventive and driving. Clear attack. McCartneyesque Concord gouged out by Brian Gibson avant-gardism. DRUMS: Dense and crooked. Solid and tactful.