The Jaded Set

Vox Climantis Label, PO Box 475, Olympia, WA 98507

This two-piece Olympia, Wash., band has been getting a significant bit of praise lately. Maria Geisbert, guitarist and vocalist, writes great, plaintiff, droney riffs, reminding those of us who have been around Chico 20 years or so of Barbara Manning’s early band 28th Day (of course, a solid argument can also be made that 28th Day “borrowed” heavily from R.E.M.; that’s rock ‘n’ roll for you). From the first, frantically strummed chords of “r.p.s.,” Geisbert and bassist Christon K. lay down a droning wash, over which a dubbed slide guitar mimics seabird sounds. Geisbert’s voice becomes absolutely desperate as she softly shouts, “I love you!/ I want you!/ I know what you want!” Although a drum machine usually backs the duo when playing live, for this disc drummer Jessica Turok keeps things rattling and rolling along nicely. There are only seven cuts here, but all are quite enjoyable. Only catch is … am I enjoying these songs for their own merit, or am I simply feeling nostalgia for “back in the day"?

The Jaded Set plays Moxie’s at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.