Itâ€™s shocking how many reissues of lost indie-rock acts offer the descriptor â€œahead of its time.â€ Carissaâ€™s Wierd was never ahead of its time. What it was, and still sounds like, is out of place. Though not entirely anachronistic, the disbanded Seattle groupâ€™s sound sticks out from its post-grunge, pre-indie-surge milieu, and luckily its new retrospective, Theyâ€™ll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003, honors that iconoclasm.
A brief piece I wrote for the Washington City Paper about the new Carissa’s Wierd retrospective. Take a peek here.