Desoto Jones' posthumous Orb Weaver ends the band's livelihood with a bang and a tear - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
Desoto Jones | photo courtesy of the artist

Desoto Jones fans rejoice! The alternative rock band now known as KISKA released a collection of unreleased tracks from the recording days of Shapeshifter to form the 5-track Orb Weaver EP. While the band still has no plans of returning, it’s fitting to put the final musical cap on the legacy of another fantastic local group.

The title-track kicks off the collection in a fuzzy manor, sporting feedback-laced guitars and Owen Staszewski’s soothing but moody voice kicking all sorts of butt in that hook. “Loan Sharks” begins the comedown with a track that has room to breathe, replicating an almost MCR-like introduction with those wonderful sliding power chords before blasting into “For The Feeble,” a tale of hope (or patience) for the ones who just won’t get with it. Recovering from that ending fret-frenzy,

“Swollen Ego” takes a Weezer-esque nod with a pop-hungry tune with enough clean guitar interruptions to satisfy a shoegazer. The band finishes the EP all tuckered out from plugging crap in, so the mostly acoustic track “Crossbow” ends it on a catchy finger-snapper. Overall, while Desoto Jones will be missed for all eternity, Orb Weaver ends with a bow from the band, and a spew of e-mails asking “Will you come back? Please?”

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