IMPULSE INTERNATIONAL, THE: Mini Album: 10″

I feel like I’m starting to sound like a broken record talking about this band. But the truth is, the International Impulse do get better and better with every record. This really is their best record yet, and they’ve had a string of pretty good records. A lot of folks are trying their hand at power pop lately, and most sound stale and fake. Not here. This sounds like it came from the late ‘70s/early ‘80s. If this was released in 1975, it would have probably come out on Bomp! or a label of similar repute. I put this on, first song, “Bicycle Rider” comes on. I think it’s pretty good. Then “Where Did the Girls Go?” follows. I think it’s even better. Then the next song comes on. That one is better, then the next, and… I almost want to laugh because this is so good it’s near unbelievable. “New Century Life,” which ends this record, has something interesting going on with it. It’s as though it’s two separate songs. The first version is more filled out with the guitar and the second version has a more stripped-down, spontaneous feel to it. No summer is complete without some Impulse International in it.

 –M.Avrg (Puta, myspace.com/putarecords)