FAKE BOYS, THE: Pig Factory: LP

Pure radio rock. Moments of competent songwriting mixed in with bits that remind me of why mainstream rock records are unappealing. I truly detest the production. The moment when this record lost me was when the guitar pulled itself to the forefront of a particular song and all the other instruments dropped out. All alone, the guitar decides to go into a flanger-induced blender noise that just made me think of the Foo Fighters. I get that the band is trying to go for a Dinosaur Jr./Hüsker Dü alt rock sound, but the execution doesn’t fit. The grit isn’t there. Dinosaur Jr. works because of the noise—the levels between the vocals and the instruments. Here, the style is too clean cut. I’m sorry, but this just doesn’t work.

 –Bryan Static (Animal Style, animalstylerecords.com)