DANIEL JAMES GANG: In This City: 7”

A moment of silence for the demise of the Chinese Telephones, please. What a band. Here is lead guitarist, Daniel James’s effort. Is “dirt glam” a term? He’s got the rough, technically proficient charge of a band like Nine Pound Hammer while images of the Sweet, Slade, and T Rex hang all over the place, like posters tacked onto a wall in the recording studio. It’s also pretty obvious that the focal point of this band is the guitar. The a-side’s a charging, catchy slab with a refrain that reminds me of the Peanuts theme song. The b-side could have been shorn in about half, increasing the quality of the cut.

 –todd (Affiliated Publishing Situation, danieljamesgang.blogspot.com)