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Never underestimate the power of music blogs. Thanks to the likes of Stereogum and Brooklyn Vegan, Thunderbirds Are Now! just finished playing festival SXSW for the second year in a row. Though it may not reach its titleâ€šÃ„Ã´s aspiration, their sophomore release, Make History, has its place as one of the most interesting albums of 2006.â€šÃ„ÃºPanthers in Crimeâ€šÃ„Ã¹ tricks the listener with an opening minute of acoustic guitar and a chorus of oohs accompanied by bells before erupting into a frenzy of quavering keyboards and peppy vocals. Setting the tone for the bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s good humor is tongue-in-cheek track â€šÃ„ÃºWe Win (Ha Ha),â€šÃ„Ã¹ in which singer/guitarist Ryan Allen exclaims â€šÃ„ÃºWe have heard this one before / Nothing new and nothing moreâ€šÃ„Ã¹ as brother Scott plonks away merrily at his effect laden synthesizer. Poppy â€šÃ„ÃºOpen Us Upâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is a New Wave track in the style of Arcade Fire meets Bloc Party with a steady drumbeat provided by Matt Rickle. â€šÃ„ÃºSound Issues/Smart Ideasâ€šÃ„Ã¹ travels further down the dance- rock road than other tracks, thanks to choppy guitar parts and laser-like sound effects. The sole disappointment of Make History, â€šÃ„ÃºSleeping In The Lionâ€šÃ„Ã´s Mouth,â€šÃ„Ã¹ lags simply because it isnâ€šÃ„Ã´t as energetic or unusually electronic as the rest of the album.
Improving vastly on their 2005 album, Justamustache, Thunderbirds Are Now! brought all their fun and quirky tunes to Austin, a performance doubtlessly making more Internet appearances. As the saying goes, third time is a charm, and this album may just be enough for 2007 to be the year TAN! will Make History.