“ Recorded live in the lost ambience of an empty Georgia Theatre, their album Sand & Lines is a stirring work that finally rallied me to their cause. Superb choices in cover songs, too! ”
He likes us…he really likes us! Jeff Clark of Stomp & Stammer kindly writes us up (and our pals in Oryx & Crake) here.
“ By releasing Sand & Lines, Venice Is Sinking accidentally etched its songs upon the headstone of the old Georgia Theatre. Recorded live at that establishment in late May of 2008 and then released shortly after it burned, Sand & Lines pairs songs by Dolly Parton and Waylon Jennings alongside the group’s own, giving all of them the same, intimate treatment, and all in the same, iconic room. But don’t let the album’s back story overshadow the album. The live performance experiment is a success: Sand & Lines plays like realizing your girlfriend is more beautiful without make-up than with. ”
John Seay of the Flagpole writes up Sand & Lines for the year-end review of Athens local releases.
Thanks for the kind words.
“ Of the covers, “Jolene” is pitched between Damon and Naomi and the VU (fuck yeah), but I gotta say, their baroque arrangement of Galaxie 500’s “Tugboat” (pace slowed to a graceful shuffle, strings, horns, and sleighbells) almost beats the original (and fucking On Fire changed my life at 17). “Falls City” smolders alluringly with ghostly Martin Rev organ, a head-nodding beat, a string section, and Link Wray twang. ”
From a review by Ink 19. Any day we get compared to Martin Rev is a good day!