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Friday, May 27, 2011

Research Turtles - Mankiller, Part 1 of 2

Research Turtles - Mankiller, Part 1 of 2
2011, Research Turtles

Louisiana quarter Research Turtles have seen their stock rise in the last two years, selling over 5,000 copies of their self-titled Indie debut while garnering RadioSix International's 2010 Song of the Year award for "Let's Get Carried Away".  Touring extensively on the US Gulf Coast and throughout the UK, Research Turtles have developed a rabid following while opening for acts such as Toad The Wet Sprocket, Candlebox and Sister Hazel.  On May 31, 2011, Research Turtles will release their new EP, Mankiller, Part 1 of 2. 

Mankiller opens with the atmospheric acoustic ballad snippet "Girl Like You".  This is a solid start to the EP, but at 1:13 could have been developed into a full song.  "You Are So" is solid rock n roll built on a I-IV-V blues progression.  There's a definite Brit Invasion feel here, fueled by the bright catchy melody and insidious backbeat.  "Bugs In A Jar" has more of a Coldplay-vibe; a solid radio sound that's perhaps a bit too formulaic for what these guys are capable of.  It should sell and spin well, but is not their best work.  "Mankiller" is catchy post-punk pop; reckless and fun.  This is the song crowds will clamor for in the live show.  Mankiller closes with the Figgs meet the Kinks sound of "Rhinestone Gal".  There is a dark energy here that's infectious; don't be surprised if this song is stuck in your head for a bit.

Mankiller, Part 1 of 2 finds Research Turtles bouncing about a bit stylistically, but offering up a diverse and satisfying overall performance.  Research Turtles take care of the commercial considerations while refusing to stand still.  It will be interesting to see if these guys ever fully settle into a sound, or continue to find their way from song to song along a stylistic high wire.  Either way, their creative process promises a bright future.

Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)

Learn more about Research Turtles at or Mankiller, Part 1 of 2 drops on May 31, 2011.  You can pre-order the CD from Research Turtles' webstore.  Expect wider availability upon release.

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