Well, I'm not sure. The indie-rock blogosphere is keen on comparing them to Built to Spill and Modest Mouse -- applicable comparisons for sure, although it's hard to find ANYONE to really compare to CEG. Their music is all over the place -- long, twisted, full of sudden crescendos and decrescendos, tempo changes, tinkling keys and explosive guitars, gentle crooning and out-and-out yelling, lots of fuzz and drivel. There's certainly no "melody" here (as equally incisive P.com commenter Sir Digby noted) but still something...awesome. What is it?
"Wind Phoenix." not a video, just a song. Sorry, I suck.
Again, I don't know. But I think it has something to do with atmosphere. I like records that I can get lost in, that I can turn on and have them transport me to another world, where all I'm focused on is where the notes will go next, and the emotion behind the sound. Watching the band live, I was blown away by lead singer Joseph Ferocious's raw passion and fury...call me a yeasayer, but I'd be shocked if they're NOT still around in 12 months.
Not convinced? Check out the track "Indiana" (one of my faves) here. Thanks, Colour Me Impressed.