HIGH TENSION WIRES: Midnight Cashier: LP

Ever sat around in your undies and thought, “Huh, I wonder what Mike Wiebe of the Riverboat Gamblers would sound like with Mark, Mike, and Jeff of the Marked Men and Chris of the Reds?” I mean, they all live in the same geographic area. It’s not that inconceivable; weirder shit like nanotechnology is afoot nowadays. Still in your underwear, think Buzzcocks and that smattering of non-ass, synthesizer-driven stuff in the ‘80s (go ahead and cherry pick some Jesus And Mary Chain, some Cure, Echo And The Bunnymen, a whisper of Bauhaus) on top of that, and bang, there you go. On one hand, it’s pretty much what you’d expect (in the fact that it’s great, tight, and instantly memorable and sounds a lot like the Marked Men), on the other hand—and I’d suspected this all along—that this is a group of folks with many more than one or two bunnies to pull out of their collective hats and they aren’t afraid to roll that bunny up and throw the occasional curveball.

 –todd (Dirtnap)