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Boomkat Product Review:
Vancouver octet They Shoot Horses Don't They? Share their boisterous, uniquely Canadian sense of showmanship with pals Xiu Xiu and The Unicorns, except these guys carry a horn section with them at all times, resulting in a kind of punky oompah sound. The deeper you travel into Pick Up Sticks the more you realise the brass is utterly integral to the band's identity, which is possibly best defined as a new wave take on the more operatic moments of Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits or even Brian Wilson. Sure, the de rigueur layers of spiky guitars are all present and correct, but it's those lyrical brass lines that shape this album's identity. The sheer lunacy of 'Busted Bell' is a fine example of this. On the one hand it's disorientatingly complex with all manner of awkward syncopations, but after a minute or two its smartness and pop cogency is revealed, like some auditory magic eye picture.