In The Red: It’s Mike, singer from Gunmoll’s, new band, and it wouldn’t be too far off the mark to say this is a direct continuation of that band with a new name. Oddly, it parallels the post Hot Water Music split into The Draft, where the vocals become less gruff and there are more attempts at intimate (as opposed to sweeping) melodies. With a few tweaks here and there, could be played on college radio. (If that genre still exists. I’ll stick with my late ‘80s / early ‘90s understanding of it.) I oscillate between not being bothered by this and wondering how far away from REM this really is. Git Some: Noisy, guitar-breathing screech that fans for Olivelawn, Planes Mistaken For Stars, and AmRep’s bread and butter will be preconditioned to liking. Someone (or many) in the band has a massive hard-on for Black Sabbath, (“Iron Man” is nicked) too. Alcohol on side A. Weed on side B. Jury’s still out for me.
–todd (1234 Go!)