Elliott Brood Tin Type EP (Electro Photo/Weewerk) Rating: NnNN
Handsomely packaged in a black book-bound sleeve and sold in a brown paper bag, Elliott Brood's six-track 3-inch Tin Type CD EP amazingly turns out to be just as impressive musically as it is aesthetically. The banjo-bashing and suitcase-swatting local threesome of Casey Laforet, Mark Sasso and Stephen Pitkin howl and creak their way through an old-timey nightmare - a dark 'n' dirty antithesis to the namby-pamby blather coming from the current crop of alt-country cuties. A hugely promising opening shot. Check out Elliott Brood when they get down at Graffiti's Friday (January 23).