Cigarettes After Sex Bringing Their Unique Sound to The Underground
Greg Gonzalez’s Cigarettes After Sex are bringing their ambient, shoegaze infected pop-rock to The Underground soon, but to call their music ambient pop, shoegaze, or soft rock really doesn’t grasp the essence of their sound. Considering their music is made solely for having sex to, getting high to, or falling asleep to doesn’t do it justice either (even if it actually is all those things).
Cigarettes After Sex, and their self titled full length debut, are much more than what they topically appear to be. First off, Cigarettes After Sex is not an album of love songs. In fact, I believe that you’d be hard pressed to find a “love song” on the whole album. With a sound that would be so at home at The Bang Bang Bar that it would hurt, Cigarettes After Sex is a collection of songs from the other side of the veil. That veil may be a softly drawn, yet impenetrable mental barrier between a former love and a spurned lover’s memories, or a smoky afterlife reminiscence from the other side of the spiritual/physical world’s separating veil. Regardless of whatever veil it may be that Gonzalez is metaphorically peering through, Cigarettes After Sex’s haunting rhythms, lyrics, and guitar strums linger heavily in the air like the conjured smoke and spirits in the song’s themes do.
So, now that we’ve established that Cigarettes After Sex is a band perfect for having sex to, getting high to, falling asleep to, AND thinking deceptively deeply about, I’m anxious to find out if they are perfect for having an engaging, and further thought provoking, live music experience to. Somehow, I think they will be, and more…