Review - Everyday Examples of Humans Facing Straight Into the Blow

Artist: The Blow


Before glomming onto manic synths and rechristening her act, Khaela Maricich did her thing acoustic guitar-style as Get the Hell Out of the Way of the Volcano. She released Everyday Examples under that banner in 2001 as a cassette-only tour-merch offering. By turns wounded, wistful, wanton and wicked (sometimes all at once), this reissue finds Maricich combing through her first batch of vocally double-tracked, rudimentary strum & pick stumbles. "Things to do, yeah/I've got them in my room/I've got it goin' on," Maricich brags on the drear-pop of "In My Room" – a lie born of necessity to avoid crying into a break-up letter. But the owlish "hoo-hoo-hoo" chorus soon reveals itself as sobbing. On "Tidalwave" she helplessly watches old friends slip away, while fantasies about the children she hopes to bear someday drift through "Welcome" and "That Boy." It's like Girlysound-era Liz Phair, less the nympho appeal and steeply sloping career trajectory.