DESERT VEST, THE: Hey What: CD

If this album had been released the year following Nirvana’s monumental Nevermind, one of two things would have happened: this band would have been snatched up, signed, and molded into a hit maker or they would have been lambasted mercilessly for trying to emulate a band that (and let’s face it) was destined to become the Highlander of grunge: the one and only. That’s not to say that this is a song-for-song carbon copy. These guys clearly do have some ideas of their own and I initially thought that the Nirvana aping was just my imagination running wild. That is until I listened to their song “Floody,” which couldn’t sound more like “Polly” if the song was actually named “Polly.” After listening to this for the second time, I’m left wondering if this is hero homage or some elaborate inside joke. I’m sorry to say that whatever the case is, it’s just not very good at all.

 –Juan Espinosa (Self-released, no address)