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After a series of EPs, Detroit crew PAS/CAL’s debut full-length I Was Raised on Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Laura is just around the corner (if you consider July around the corner). The excellent “You Were Too Old For Me” isn’t about R. Kelly, instead it’s elegant ’60s-via-E6-inflected pop with a tad Dan Bejar to its lit (listen at 1:15) and — seriously — something about that phrasing that’s made us think about Cursive’s Domestica for the first time in years. Like, if Cursive was writing baroque pop, ahem. The track’s about frontman Casimer Pascal’s dad — at least in part. As he says:

I have some daddy issues. I admit it. My old man succumbed to the Cancer nearly a decade ago, but every time I sit down to write a new tune it’s amazing how many allusions to him creep in. I guess the plan for this song was that it was gonna be an exorcism of sorts. I figured if I could just fit it all in one neat container I could regain a lil’ control — possibly even choose to throw the whole damned thing out and move on. That was the plan anyway…

All that, a million parts, and please note the “heroic drum rolls” and mid-song emotional entreaty.

Epic. That baby in the pic is emanating a rainbow, by the way.

I Was Raised on Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Laura is out 7/22 on Le Grand Magistery.

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Comments (5)
  1. John  |   Posted on May 8th, 2008 0

    one of the most underrated bands around….glad to see Stereogum covering them!

  2. John  |   Posted on May 8th, 2008 0

    one of the most underrated bands around….glad to see Stereogum covering them!

  3. wendy  |   Posted on May 8th, 2008 0

    I have adored this band from the first time I saw them play in Detroit in late 2005. I hope this release gets them the attention they desesrve (and I wish they would play more live dates).

  4. Trevor  |   Posted on May 8th, 2008 0

    I agree with John (twice) and Wendy. Dear Sir was the best EP of 2006.

  5. barry  |   Posted on May 8th, 2008 0

    my all time favorite local band. these guys are incredible. if they ever get tagged for a zach braff soundtrack or something, they’re gonna be huge. hopefully it doesn’t take that, though

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