Former Daytonian John Schmersal ex-Brainiac guitarist -- brings his new group, Enon
, back to the area this week
. Enon boasted one of the best albums of 2000 with the See Thru Broadcasting release Believo
, a stunning mix of Pop/Rock melodicism and Post-Punk quirks. The group based in New York City has an equally eclectic new album, High Society
, ready for release on June 4. The album (available from Touch & Go Records; See Thru folded shortly after Believo
's release) is the first to feature the current line-up of Schmersal, Matt Schulz (of the late Dayton act Let's Crash) and Toko Yasuda, formerly of The Lapse and Blonde Redhead. Yasuda, in particular, adds another dimension to the group's crafty, diverse sound -- on the keyboard-driven "In This City," her sassy lead vocals and slippery bass lines are shiver-worthy, giving the cut a slinky, Stereolab vibe. High Society
is on track to be one of the best Indie records of 2002, led by Schmersal's core songwriting mastery as well as the group's ability to add engaging ornamentation without cutting into the songs' effectiveness.
At the Southgate House on Monday with excellent Indie popsters The Natural History and Bloodthirsty Lovers.