Goes Around (2005, Blossom World)
tunes are the cockroach of the music world. Sure, the Beach Boys
made California and Hawaii the surf capitals of the world in the
early 60s, but years later the Trade Winds from Long Island supplied
us with the semi-hit 'New York's A Lonely Town' and decades later
Ruth's Hat from Michigan penned the memorable 'Great Lakes Surfer'.
This trio from Massachusetts of all places dipped their toes in
the water as well, and continues to wave the flag of light surf
in some respect every artist of the genre owes some gratitude to
Brian Wilson. The music here, however, doesn't seem to trace that
line (with few exceptions: The multi-layered harmonies on 'Not In
Love', the "ba-doo-bop-bop" of 'Swinger' brings to mind
the Beach Boys' 'Surfin''). For the most part though, the album
reminds me of less legendary bands (but otherwise genuine surf-pop
hit-makers) like the aforementioned Trade Winds, the Fantastic Baggys,
or the Marketts.
the band have their heights set any higher in the modern oldies/surf
scene. These guys (and gal) are obviously focused on the simple
pleasure in rock: having fun, playing in a band for friends and
family, and keeping the sound alive. It's this good-natured and
loose attitude that comes through with each performance that gives
the Come Arounds character. If you want to impress your music professor
by all means put on Pet Sounds, but if you are throwing
a BBQ party, reach for this disc.