|I...I got nuttin'....literally.|
I don’t have a lot on Koko And The Sweetmeats--I got Sacrifice, the album this cut is from off of their Bandcamp page, where it was offered for a brief time for free, and is now available for a dollar--and it seems like these guys like to experiment. Sacrifice is composed of six songs that are interpreted twice, an A side and a B side version. This is obviously the B side version.
They’re a four piece (although most of the publicity photos only feature two members, and the most I’ve ever seen in any photo is three), and they have enough of a following in their hometown to be named ‘Best Garage Band of 2011‘ by Seattle Weekly.
It’s odd to me that this band is considered ‘garage.’ When I think of a garage band, I think of something much punkier than this. Koko and The Sweetmeats seem to owe a bit more to the layered sounds of 4 A.D and the head-down-low esthetic of Lo-Fi than the DIY anarchy of garage rock judging from this song. They seem positively laid back, with a slight blown-speaker fuzz giving the guitars a decay that adds some body to the melody itself.
To be honest, there’s not a lot I can find in listening to this that I can take away from it, or that I can remark upon...sometimes, unfortunately, that happens with a random exercise like this. It’s decent music, and the price can’t be beat. I know I have some readers from the Seattle area; maybe you guys can write in and tell me more about them in the comments space?
Apparently, Koko And The Sweetmeats announced an ‘indefinite hiatus’ earlier this year.
Here's a live performance by the band. It was the only Youtube-y video I could find.