August 21, 2012
PRESS RELEASE: LA-Based Détective (ex Useless Keys, Guided by Voices) at 502 Bar, September 23rd
Previous releases, Very Fallen Word and Basket of Masks; FREE DOWNLOADS ON BANDCAMP
Named after the J-L Godard film, Détective was initially conceived as a studio project by James Greer (Guided by Voices) and Guylaine Vivarat (Useless Keys, Tennis System). With the addition of Rory Modica on drums, the band recorded the single Very Fallen World (March 2012), followed by the EP Basket of Masks at Greg Ashley's (The Gris-Gris) Oakland CA analog haven, The Creamery (April 2012). Détective will tour nationally with Guided by Voices in September to support the release of its first full length album, However Strange, released on cassette by Burger Records this August.
"The music of the L.A. trio Detective sounds as if it could have come from dusty tapes found in the 4AD archive. “Basket of Masks” trades in coy pop melodies, gritty post-punk guitar riffs and proggy krautrock instrumentals. Their sparse, lo-fi structures don’t sacrifice texture, though; Vivarat and Greer have found the delicate balance between sweet and off-kilter that recall Stereolab and some Morr Music luminaries." -- BUZZBANDS.LA
"Basket of masks is absolutely sublime, and while its not an immediate grabber, oh it grows on ya, if you let it. - if you like the likes of Galaxie 500 – or anything Dean Warham related you should love this. - definitely of my favorite records of 2012.“ -- CAPTAIN'S DEAD
"The very balmy, easygoing sound of Détective matches perfectly with the late-spring/early-summer weather we feel when we open up our windows." -- MAGNET MAGAZINE