BOX FAN: Are We Even Try?: CS

While Box Fan’s previous releases were closer in my mind to later period Beat Happening (primitive, hip swinging, fast acting, bedroom pop), Are We Even Try? finds them with additional instrumentation in a new bass player, firing on all cylinders as a “full band” lineup. The full band and ever-so-slightly better production find their brief all-hook and chorus compositions swinging your earholes skyward into GBV airspace. And even though a cover may seem like filler on a four song cassette, a two minute version of “In a Big Country” couldn’t be more crucial. –Matt Seward (Reflective Tapes, reflectivetapes.bandcamp.com / Get Better)