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Call Me Lightning, May 2008. All photography by Jenny Bohr.


Fri. 07/12 | 10:00PM

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Vic and Gab are a song writing sister duo who play mesmerizing, grooving and powerfully catchy indie pop. The band took off in early 2011 with an opportunity to have a song featured on MTV's fleeting teen series Skins and have since made a momentous amount of headway in their career.

Hard at work since the release of their EP Bridges and Guns in March 2012. Vic and Gab have played significant festivals like Summerfest, Vans Warped Tour and Midpoint Music Festival. The band has opened for acts like An Horse, The Features, Low, Willy Moon, Dessa and Smoking Popes among others. One of the bands culminating moments was playing at President Obama's Re-Election Rally in front of over 18,000 people.

The girls have created a buzz in their home town Milwaukee wrapping up 2012 with a nomination from RadioMilwaukee Music Awards for Album of the Year and Band of the Year. Bumping elbows with bands like Field Report and Jaill the band also made the Shepherd Express list of The Essential Milwaukee Albums of 2012.

"Steven Look and Matthew Gorski of Fable & The World Flat seem to have predicted the long, drawn-out winter (even for Wisconsin) that sucked Milwaukee into the doldrums earlier this year. It’s as if they made The Great Attractor to try and wring some goodwill out of Mother Nature with an upbeat, summer party record. “If you feel bad about the summer / Thinking everything’s going to hell / Don’t you fret, have no regrets / There’s another one over the hill,” Look sings on opening track “Hunchback Of Awesome-Fest,” giving the signal to unfold a chair and recline as far as you’re able, preferably with drink in hand. The feel-good romp of an album never takes itself too seriously, which is about half a compliment.

Fable & The World Flat’s 2009 debut, Ladies & Gentlemen, was reminiscent of the moody funk of Twin Shadow; Attractor gives off a more eclectic prankster-pop vibe like Javelin, or, well, Fresh Cut Collective (of which Gorski is also a member). The result is a little uneven, but the best tracks are irresistible. “Typical Talk” and “Sea-Tac Revisited” are catchy almost to a MGMT’s-first-album degree, each with a unique, snazzy synth squeal and ridiculously bouncy guitar riff, but with blasé vocals that rival Destroyer. If one of these isn’t Milwaukee’s yearning-for-summertime jam of the moment, it’s a crime. Almost as infectious, “Fires & Sluts (Faux Pas Party Banger)” wouldn’t feel out of place on an Ariel Pink record, and it sets off a string of grin-inducing tracks that sound effortless in a somewhat unflattering sense (although “Fable & The Dicks” is still pretty funny, even after at least a dozen listens).

The album isn’t without its serious elements. “Soliloquy In Symphony” is a slightly dark, pensive little ditty, and several of the tracks (notably “Typical Talk” and “Extraterrestrial Non-Photo Blues”) are lyrically thoughtful and poignant yet musically breezy and blissed-out. The album certainly ends on an ellipsis rather than an exclamation point, with three soothing songs and no party bangers (which the band may be saving for its second album of 2013, The Dark Flow, due to arrive soon). “A Wonderful Life” is a great faux-ska/synth-pop hybrid with rich vocal harmonies and hooks galore (although Cole Quamme’s halting Stewart Copeland impression isn’t crisp). The super slinky bass line and lilting harmonies (courtesy of Joni Clare) that weave together in “Extraterrestrial” are enough to transport you back to your most recent tropical getaway; Look’s delivery is the verbal equivalent of a Corona ad (in the most complimentary possible sense).

For the most part, the rookie rhythmic mishaps and production inconsistencies of Fable & The World Flat’s debut are gone, but so are most of the rich, liquid bass lines—they’re generally less prominent in the mix now, with the notable exception of the wickedly unhinged “Get Underground”—and the unifying danceable wistfulness. The increased frivolity is, admittedly, fun and sometimes kind of hilarious, but the skits and toss-offs make for an overall unfocused whole." The Onion's AV Club Milwaukee



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