GATEWAY DISTRICT: Old Wild Hearts: LP/CD

A new full-length from a band that many figured was over. And guess what, it’s on par with their best material, if not their best yet. What happens when you strip the cocky strutting and superficial attitudes out of power pop? The answer may just be Old Wild Hearts. Ditch the skinny ties and unnecessary sunglasses, this is cold cut, Midwestern songwriting knee deep in immaculately catchy choruses that rise above the songs. Harnessing some vocal Silly Putty power, Carrie stretches hooks further and farther than previously known possible! Even when they’re singing about an island twenty miles off the California coast, it still feels so studiously ingrained in the earnest, weather-beaten ways that the Midwest is known for. Another solid full-length from this outfit.

 –Daryl Gussin (It’s Alive / Eager Beaver)