764-Hero Nobody Knows This Is Everywhere

764-Hero are one of those rugged American indie bands that tour constantly, opening for bigger name bands while earning a respectable following in return. Their fourth album, Nobody Knows This Is Everywhere, sounds just like the piece of work the band needs to push them over that hump and reach the status they deserve. Producer Phil Ek, who has fine-tuned Built To Spill and Modest Mouse, has left his golden touch on another recording, which sounds quite like the bands he’s worked with before. John Atkins’ guitar solos are as creative as Isaac Brock’s and as talented as Doug Martsch’s, but without all of the epic ridiculousness. Atkins’ voice also tells a tale with the same wonder as Wayne Coyne, sounding a bit more human, however. A song like "You Were A Party” has a certain swagger that brings to mind the groove-ability of the Stones with the punk intensity of Hüsker Dü. The electric piano on "Satellites” adds a soulful touch to this slow number, giving the record a nice change of scenery. (Tiger Style)