May 23, 2018

If you’re ever playing a game of “name a band from every state,” Teenage Bottlerocket really helps when you get to the western mountain states. Aiming to capitalize on this somewhat useless trivia fact, TBR reminds you once again that they are from Wyoming. I haven’t been feeling great about the last few TBR releases, but I still listen whenever a new one drops. Their sound, well past definition at this point, has its ups and downs. At the very least, it’s always comforting to hear new songs with Kody and Ray’s voices. That being said, I don’t think Goin’ Back to Wyo really highlights the band’s chops in the way a good single should. I feel bad saying I don’t really like a TBR release, because they are one of those bands that I listen to regularly when I just don’t know what else to listen to. I have to end this on a positive note. They just released a really excellent album of cover songs called Steal the Covers, which is really well done. You can hear their excitement to play songs they love. Get this 7” if you’re a completionist. If not, there’s a non-zero chance these ones will appear on the next LP. –Bryan Static (Fat)