Local Reviews: Exer Ovu

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Exer Ovu
Overgrown
Self-Released
Street: 10.20.09
Exer Ovu = Bright Eyes + Stone Temple Pilots
I’ve listened to a few Exer Ovu releases now—this dude, Derek Griffith, has seriously put out a shit ton of CDs—and I still can’t quite figure out what to make of any of it. One thing’s for sure, though: He loves making music, and his passion shines through in this album. Dig this: It’s acoustic, tinny, shit-fi stuff with more than its fair share of whining.  Imagine some stripped down, unproduced version of a song that you might hear on one of those radio stations that play alternative rock for aging, not-quite-cool generation-Xers who have to cover up their Sublime tattoos at work. I Googled the dude, though, and he says his influences are Fugazi, Bad Brains and The Urinals. I’m baffled. Ack, ack, ack, ack.