CHURCH OF THE SATURDAY SAINTS: 14 Rotten Tomatoes: CD

These guys are hip to so many vibes all at once—‘60s pop, punk, folk, country—that it’s kinda fun just to try to pick out influences as they play. Their songs are really fuggin’ well written, too, and show an attention to craft that makes me all the more pissed that other bands don’t put in as much effort. Thing is, though, that I really wish the singer was just a little more diverse in his delivery. His crunchy “world’s finest singin’ rassler” voice has only one volume: over the top. I imagine that’s kind of the point, but the songs scream for a little more attention to dynamics—soft here, howl there, a little less howl over here, and so on. Still, the quality of the songs win out and make for a pretty danged good release.

 –jimmy (Vinehell)