ROYAL HEADACHE: Self-titled: Tape

Trite band names deserve trite words. Well, this Royal Headache tape manages to be some really good yet horribly difficult music to listen to, especially the loud and fast beginning song “Girls,” where the recording levels peak all over the place, making it hard to focus on any particular instrument in what sounds like a live recording done with one microphone. Yet underneath that rough lo-fi exterior is some damn fun, foot-thumping garage rock pop tunes. I’m happy with this tape in the way I’m happy listening to people having a really fun and engaging party next door that I’m not invited to. Oh, how I long to hear The Royal Headache in person.

 –N.L. Dewart (www.myspace.com/royalheadache)