SWEARIN’: Self-titled: LP

Wow! What an amazing debut. It doesn’t happen all that often, but every once and a while I’ll come across a record that knocks me on my ass and leaves me staring at the player, waiting to flip it over and over and over again. And this record made me do just that. Simply perfect pop, punk, rock… whatever… with deeply personal lyrics that seems to draw from a variety of influences, from That Dog to Future Virgins to Guided By Voices, that somehow gets better with every listen. Listening reminds me of the time a friend and I took two days to drive the 350 mile Oregon coast: “Pull over! This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!” “No wait, this is!” I’m finding myself doing similar with this record: “This is totally my favorite song!” “No wait, this is!” A definite contender for record of the year.

 –Chris Mason (Salinas, saliniasrecords.com)