TOUCHERS: Blithe: CD

Dunno why, but I didn’t really expect to think much of this, so I was a bit surprised at what I got—well above-average ‘90s type alt-rock from a buncha cats that sound like they take their cues from the same puddle of influences that spawned both Nirvana and the Pixies. The songs are catchy, well structured and diverse, and delivered with much less morose moodiness than Mr. Cobain’s crew and less arty snootiness than Mr. Francis and friends. Apparently, the vato responsible for said tuneage is no longer with us, which gives the proceedings an air of unrealized potential ‘cause given the right amount of payola backing ’em, these kids could’ve had quite a career with enough hits to buy a small island for each. 

 –jimmy (Mental)