They’re back with more great blasts of clever pop songwriting that seems to come from post-punk (Wire) and the cool indie music of the 90s (Pavement) and the early 00s (The Strokes) but just as likely comes from a deep well within. Three Chicago-ans – Ben Kostecki (bass/vocals), Ryan Ohm (drums/vocals) and Jeremy Marsan (guitar/vocals) – that first wowed me with their album Trophy Kids.
It found its way to my mailbox and almost immediately after to my heart. Toes were tapping, the head was nodding but there’s no way this is just throwaway-silly-fun. But, fuck, it’d be quite alright if it was.
No-no, what happens here, with this music, like the British brothers Field Music, is that you can feel all the familiar tropes of the best power-pop and quirky indie-rock and these tunes instantly ingratiate themselves. But they also bring clever hooks of their own.
And here, on a sharp follow-up EP, there’s just no filler whatsoever. Seven songs that say what they need to say and do what they should do, none of them lingering for longer than three minutes.
You will hear this. And love it. And hit play again. Or ‘repeat’ if you still have a stereo with that function. You will have a new favourite band by the second listen. Trust me.
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