87’S, THE: Self-titled: CD-R

May 08, 2013

I can’t front: When I first dropped this into my CD player the first thing that came to my mind was “WTF?” but in a good way. First of all, I was blown away by the sheer power Mary commands in her vocal delivery. I would imagine that in a live setting she wouldn’t even need a PA. Further, she uses her voice like an instrument in places, which is rather cool. The music itself is a pretty bitchin’ blend of garage, surf, and pop. The disc hasn’t left my CD player, which is generally a sign that this is some pretty tasty stuff. I eagerly await a full-length release and look forward to catching the band live as well. I am hedging my bets that playing live is where the band truly shines.

 –Garrett Barnwell (Self-released)