Trans Am, Red Line
Presenting the full range of their power
Pioneers of the ironic mustache and cheeky proponents of retro-futurism, Trans Am tend to get snickered off the post-rock dais. Truth be told, there can be a Sprockets-like element to the krautrocking sounds put forth by this Washington, D.C., trio – a vocoder-filled vein that Stereolab never touched. But the very notion that humor would have no place in the millennial indie-rock landscape is a pretty bleak situation. 2000 double album Red Line represents the full range of Trans Am’s power, from Queens of the Stone Age-style rock with vocals (“Play In The Summer”) to primetime ’70s prog (“Lunar Landing”). Few bands in history have simultaneously been this weird, arty and heavy.