EXBATS, THE: I Got the Hots for Charlie Watts: CS

Anthemic punk rock jams that fringe an indie sound here and there. The singer’s voice is strong, full, and endearing. Almost sounds like she’s harmonizing with two or three other people on the recording. By the third track, “I Got Fights,” their songs are catchy earworms. I could see them being grouped with bands like Hunx And His Punx, Peach Kelli Pop, and Cayetana. But the real crazy thing about this band is that it’s a two piece. Inez Mclain covers vocals and drums while her dad Kenny takes care of the guitar parts. So I suppose they’d be better compared to something like Dog Party. Quite honestly, I didn’t notice the lack of bass guitar until about track four. Most of the songs are of a garage-like simplicity and are very melody-driven. However, “O Satan” dives into a ragtimey piano while the guitar goes a little country. It just shows that they’re both capable and informed by many types of music. I started out passively enjoying this on the first listen, but by the third time through, I love it. –Kayla Greet (Burger)