MIDWEST BEAT, THE: Gone Not Lost: LP

Not sure if this came out before or after their recent Back to Mono 7”. Midwest Beat is tight as hell but manage to sound like a shambolic, sing-a-long basement party band. I still need to see ‘em live. I don’t know what to call their sound—countrified power pop? Something that could only come from the Midwest. There are lots of layers on this album and I hear more each listen—great vocal harmonies and guitar melodies. There’s nary a second to breathe between songs, keeping the energy high. If rock’n’roll was a three-course dinner, I’d pair Midwest Beat with Box Elders and Goodnight Loving.

 –Sal Lucci (Dusty Medical)