If you’re a fan of the bouncy jangle of early power pop—with contemporary nods to the smart, snotty hooks of the Briefs and Clorox Girls—but with more of an outsider, socially awkward overlay, Houston’s Something Fierce is well worth checking out. Their There Are No Answers LP on Dirtnap that came out a year or two ago is a firecracker. This 7”, however, is a little odd. The stronger of the two tracks is “Where Ya Goin Man?” which is on the aforementioned LP. It sounds a bit little more sped up here. “Spray Coat” is a perfectly okay, very short cover. It’s so short that I get the feeling that both songs could have fit on the same side of the 7”, leaving all that virgin space for a couple more songs aching to be etched into some grooves on the other side. It’s a bit of a logistic head scratcher. If you’ve never heard the band, I suggest the LP. If you see this in the bin, know that there’s just a little bit of new sonic meat on these bones. Looks nice, though, for sure.
–todd (Action Town)