HEARTBEEPS: Self-titled: 7”

May 18, 2010

Every tune has its share of blues guitar soloing, akin to what The Briefs do in their songs. There’s not a down tempo tune out any of these songs. Everything is solid, up beat, and in-your-face, layered with heavy, distorted guitar tones washed in plenty of fuzz. Every tune here has a classic rock feel and reminds me of something Mooney Suzuki would write if they sped up their songs and added layers of grit and attitude. Not a bad song here, but my favorite is their Love cover, “My Flash on You.” It’s starts out with a sloppily strummed acoustic guitar, making me think it was going to be a complete change of direction, but then the tune just swells up into the raging punk that these guys play. I’m very happy pogo-ing to this record. The way they captured their energy on this record, I’m sure I’d feel the same about their live show.

 –N.L. Dewart (Frantic City)