Many may not know this, but there’s this gutter that curves through the city of Los Angeles called the L.A.River. There are definitely beautiful parts to it, but for the most part, it’s the easiest way for trash to make its way to the ocean. And when the water/trash finally arrives at the Pacific, it’s a pretty terrible sight. But hey, it’s the coast, which is pretty cool. Moonhearts (formerly Charlie & the Moonhearts) remind me of this locale. The scummiest little chunk of paradise. It’s catchy, well-played beach music with a raggedy charm. Like “things aren’t going so well, but at least we’re on the beach doing what we want.” And while fuzzed-out garage rock is currently taking its toll on my patience, you gotta admit this is a great-sounding record that totally rips.
–Daryl Gussin (Tic Tac Totally)