EP (2004, self-released)
a 3-piece pop outfit from Austin and this being their debut 4-song
EP. Apparently the band members all sport music degrees of some
sort though you shouldn't expect this album to be complicated or
pretentious in any way. These guys play straight-up power-pop with
timeless harmonies and hooks reminding me of the last Rosenbergs
or Mockers albums or if you prefer your references broad, Jellyfish
and Matthew Sweet. The opening 'Why Do I Wanna Do' is a love/crush
song with great ooh-aah backing vocals and jangly guitar. 'Time
To Die' has a slight 50's diner doo-wop feel to it with woozy guitar
and the band harmonizing on the latter half of the song. 'Latest
Obsession' follows suit and finds the band drowning one's sorrows
in the sauce over 'that girl'.
is rather predictable in approach but flawless in execution and
usually I enjoy this type of pop in small doses but this had me
itching for a full-length. The production was quite crisp due, in
no small part I am sure, to underground pop utilityman Darin Murphy.
Let's hope they got more of this in them.