INTO THE VALLEY SUN: Sun Valley Gun Club: CD

If you like Weezer and think that the lead singer should be the guy from They Might Be Giants, then this is the album for you. The songs range from being fast (“Engine Gave Out”) to slow and moody (“Cars”), and they also mix in some straight-up rock with their indie sound. None of the songs delve into emo, which is always a good thing, and they play with a lot of feeling and talent. This usually wouldn’t be what I normally listen to, but it was way above par for this sort of retro ‘90s sounds. If this would have come out back then, these guys would have been huge and you would hate them, but now you can actually enjoy them for being different.

 –Rick Ecker (Self-released, sunvalleygunclub.bandcamp.com)