LOVE ME NOTS, THE: Detroit: LP

Classy, tasteful farfisa-driven garage rock from Phoenix. Think of a mix of the easier-listening Dirtbombs (Jim Diamond’s sonic trademarks are all over the recording process) and the Detroit Cobras: a chanteuse in white Go Go boots, leading a band whose chops are precise, meaty, and swaggering. What makes it stand up are all the small elements that give The Love Me Nots their own fingerprints on the crime scene: surfy reverb; bright, slippery guitar tones; and Crampsian swagger. It’s forward-thinking retro that’s custom fitted and tailored down to the last note, the last detail (the cream colored vinyl matches the title font on the sleeve). Great stuff.

 –todd (Project Infinity, projectinfinityrecords.com)