Like crowding into the den with your family to watch old home movies—the blurry, over-saturated type that are developed on reels of film and fed through a beat up projector—Todd Congelliere epitomizes everything homemade. “I Like the Lights Off” was the tune you’d hum while riding bikes around the cul-de-sac with the neighbor kids until the streetlights came on and your mom would call you in for dinner. The honky tonk piano in “Some Are Fake” has the perfect beat to choreograph a routine with your cousin for the family talent show. Golden Age nostalgia, hearkening back to a make-believe era of safe streets and block parties, an era long fictitious before I was even born, washes over you like the scent of freshly baked apple pie. Todd C infuses this ideal with contemporary punk sensibilities to create something equally anachronistic and timeless—simple songs for simple folk.
–Ashley (Recess / Lauren)