Review Revue: The Service – In Nonsense Is Strength

Yes, yes, we’re all excited that the Postal Service is playing tonight at Key Arena. But did you know that long before the Postal Service there was a band from Chicago called The Service? Neither did I until just now, but based on Trouser Press’s description, this sounds like an ’80s college radio nerd’s dream band. (“At times resembling the Replacements, elsewhere following an unselfconscious ’60s path, Nonsense is anything but.”) I wish the KCMU reviewers had been more descriptive, but we see here a perfect illustration of the problem of having weird/interesting album art: DJs will often be more likely to make jokes about the cover than get into the music itself.

“Midwestern melodic rock boys from Chicago. Not at all bad. Melodic + friendly. Nothing amazing but more good than bad. Plus, all are 3 minutes long so it’s not so risky to take a chance on playing a cut. My faves get an ‘x’ on the back.”

“And what the hell is going on on this cover?”

“PE class, of course.”

“Benny Hill would love this cover.”

“They won’t say in public because they ripped off the photo are worried about a law suit.”

Pravda is a cool label. This is driving busy music with intensity.”

“Cool organs!”

“Whose? Yours or mine?”

“^ I DID NOT write this.”

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