HOOPER / SPELLS: Split: CS

This is the 126th release from Denver label Snappy Little Numbers, if the numbering is accurate. This split cassette features two Denver bands, playing two songs each, and is available on two colors of cassette (one for each band). Hooper sounded a bit stale musically, but their vocalist had a dynamic range that I appreciated. I found Spells more interesting. Their backing vocal harmonies in “A Failure’s Wake,” helped make that song the strongest on the cassette. The Spells tracks were from the same recording session as a forthcoming LP, and I’ll be giving that a listen as soon as it’s available. –Paul J. Comeau (Snappy Little Numbers, snappylittlenumbers.blogspot.com)