MIDWEST BEAT, THE: At the Gates: CD

I’m confused a little bit about this one. The insert says Ryan Adams played on this platter. Yet there is no mention on their site about this. Is this a joke or did Ryan put a gag order on this now that he is eating bon bons in France with Mandy Moore? Oh… yes, the music contained herein. Good garage rock with some solid songs. Backing vocals that add just enough texture without getting sappy. There’s a Zombies influence at work here, so if an updated version of that vibe is up your alley, you may want to storm these Gates. I’m sorry—I know that was bad.

 –koepenick (Duck On Monkey, www.myspace.com/duckonmonkeyrecords)