HOOTON 3 CAR: 1994-1998 Recordings: 2xCD

Man! Where was I when this band was around? This release has forty-six songs! They were only together for four years? I think I had a split of theirs a few years ago. I don’t know what I did with it. This compiles a 12″, three albums, four 7″’s and tracks off of three splits. Whew. That’s a lot of work for that short period of time. I guess they never made to the states but had a following in Japan as well as locally in the UK. Well, let’s start like I have never heard this band before. Actually that’s part true since I didn’t remember what they sounded like. To me, the band sound is reminiscent to the early Goo Goo Dolls when they were punk and the Replacements mixed with some Squeeze and a little XTC to add some flavor. It reminds me of some of the music I was listening to during the late ‘80s to early ‘90s. I can’t take the pop out of this punk. The melodies are dead on, the guitars drive things forward, and the musicianship is spectacular. Definitely a release that will return to the CD player for a listen. I like it when a discography catches me up to something that I might have missed.

 –don (Crackle)