LUTHERAN HEAT: Shoot into the Sun: 7”

Minneapolis dusty soul and girl group devotees, Lutheran Heat, bring the shiny happy on their two-song single, Shoot into the Sun. This 7” dropped way back in October of 2015, and the band have since released a full-length entitled Louder from the Other Side that further polishes and perfects their power pop chops. However, the shimmering core of their sound was already evident on these two fun, dreamy tracks, making them a worthwhile get. A side, “Shoot into the Sun,” features their signature dual male and female vocals, hook-happy doo-wop reverence, and lyrics that further assert Lutheran Heat’s bright, cheery personality. B side, “Hangin’ Around,” is just as bouncy and exuberant as its predecessor, but adds enough garage dirt into the mix to assure that its persistent sunniness and almost-too-adorable Everly Brothers nod read as charming, not cloying. Destined to be singalong gems, these two songs establish a band that doesn’t take itself too seriously, to great effect. –Kelley O’Death (Damn Dirty, lutheranheat.bandcamp.com)