PETTY LARCENISTS: Stolen Chords and Lifted Riffs: LP

Petty Larcenists is Jesse Thorson’s (Pretty Boy Thorson & The Falling Angels, The Slow Death) latest thing. This is a mix of solid, Americana song-structured, working class-sounding power pop and punk-inspired rock songs, light on the heartstrings, heavy on the despair. It’s slick and has production to really bring out the power pop qualities, with monster riffs whisping around serious guitar swagger along with Jesse’s catchy/gruff vocals over the top. I was happy to see this in my review stack after seeing their set at Awesome Fest earlier this year, and it doesn’t disappoint. –Mark Twistworthy (Rad Girlfriend, radgirlfriendrecords.com)