Issue No. 43

The Gerbils
"Are you Sleepy"
"Glue" 7"
(Hidden Agenda/Parasol)

The Gerbils are Neutral Milk Hotel minus singer Jeff Magnum, and here they step out to show what they can do on their own. Unsurprisingly, this sounds a lot like NMH and Olivia Tremor Control, which they also play in, but with a higher-pitched vocalist (perhaps this is the reason for the Chipmunk-like group name) and leaning more toward the lengthy and experimental. This compilation of cassette and singles tracks is a nice companion piece to "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea," as it's obvious that the two bands share a very similar direction and some NMH songs and sped up the vocals. The "Glue" single features two songs from the CD, both enjoyable in that Elephant 6 collective sort of way and a good introduction.