Exploding Hearts: 10 anni fa finiva tutto…

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Di quella tragedia è rimasto solo Terry Six, 30 anni, impegnato fino a tre anni fa con i Nice Boys (un paio di singoli ed un album omonimo via Birdman Records), oggi residente ad Oakland. Six non ha mai voluto parlare dei suoi tre compagni perduti in quel tragico incidente stradale, che proprio dieci anni fa chiudeva per sempre la storia degli Exploding Hearts, interrompendo solo ora un lungo silenzio grazie all’intervista rilasciata al magazine Willamette Week Newspaper. Il quartetto di Portland era fresco reduce dal debutto ‘Guitar Romantic’ (Dirtnap Records), osannato dai media specializzati (“a record brimming with sharp hooks and electric punk energy. It combined the streetwise swagger of the Ramones with the bruised vulnerability of classic soul”), ed era in procinto di firmare con la Lookout Records. Di ritorno da un fortunato show a San Francisco, il 20 luglio 2003, sull’Interstatale 5 a nord di Eugene, il van sul quale viaggiavano, forse per un colpo di sonno di uno dei membri della band (Fitzgerald), finisce fuori strada causando la morte di Adam Cox, Matt Fitzgerald e Jeremy Gage. Avevano rispettivamente 23, 20 e 21 anni. Nel 2006 viene pubblicata la celebrativa raccolta ‘Shattered’. Six ricorda: “It felt like a fucking jok. I remember being in the van and thinking, ‘Goddamn it, now we have to walk all the way home.’ That was what I was thinking when the van was flipping. I saw our life and our friends and just everything destroyed on the side of I-5″.

Guitar Romantic in numeri:

1. Recorded April 2002 at Studio 13 in Portland with producer Pat Kearns.

2. Released domestically April 1, 2003, on Dirtnap Records.

3. Five other albums released within a month: The White Stripes, Elephant; The Black Keys, Thickfreakness; Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fever to Tell; The Kills, Keep on Your Mean Side; Andrew Bird, Weather Systems.

4. Only 10 tracks: “Modern Kicks,” “I’m a Pretender,” “Thorns in Roses,” “You’re Black and Blue,” “Sleeping Aides & Razorblades,” “Rumours in Town,” “Throwaway Style,” “Boulevard Trash,” “Jailbird,” “Still Crazy.”

5. Total run time: 28:33.

6. Cover photo taken in the kitchen of Adam Cox and Terry Six’s home on SE 12th Ave. by Chrysteai Branchaw.

7. Sold approximately 30,000 copies.

8. Dirtnap’s top-selling album.

9. Placed at No. 60 on Pitchfork’s Top 200 Albums of the 2000s, ahead of Elliott Smith’s Figure 8; the Thermals’ The Body, the Blood, the Machine; the Decemberists’ Picaresque; Sleater-Kinney’s The Woods and One Beat; and the Shins’ Oh, Inverted World.

10. “Modern Kicks” listed at No. 290 on Pitchfork’s Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s.

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