STARS APART: Under the Bunker: CD

Second full-length from this Philly four piece. I’m hearing bits and pieces of The Replacements, Guided By Voices, and Bob Mould. The songs are structured to lodge in your brain and never come out. That’s a good thing with so many bands fighting for real estate these days. “Brilliant Bird” pulls off the trick of melting the sound of R.E.M. with The Smiths. One of the guest players is credited with playing an “Aquapuss.” I guess it is an effects pedal. This isn’t punk, but it is well played and memorable. It will slide into my collection with ease, not too far away from my stack of releases by The Stills. Seek this out. –Sean Koepenick (Self-released, starsapart.bandcamp.com)