PLURALS, THE: Swish: CD

The Plurals write good rock songs. Very good, in fact. This is the second album I have enjoyed reviewing by the Lansing, Mich.-based band after 2015’s An Onion Tied to My Belt. My favorite songs on Swish happen to be sung by Hattie, the drummer, but I always get the sense when I listen to this band that all three members are pulling their weight. The Plurals are a group effort, worth more, I presume, than the sum of their parts. The guitar tones are fantastic, the bass lines are complex, and every song is well-crafted. This month many of us have mourned the death of Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü. While so much of punk history and present tends to focus on the edges of the country, the Plurals, like Hart and Hüsker, remind us that the Midwest United States cannot be ignored. –Jon Mule (GTG, gtgrecords.net)