PRIMITIVE HEARTS: Self-titled: Cassette

May 09, 2012

Putting on a five-song cassette with no information on it except three first names and having it rock is what it’s all about for me. This is a solid trio of players. The bass riffs are tasteful. The vocal harmonies are poppy and well executed. The drummer and guitarist play with a vocabulary of rocking, retro riffs. The pace of the songs hover around the speed of The Dead Boys’ “All This and More.” I was looking for a song to single out, but I like them all. Great tape. Keeper.

 –Billups Allen (

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