SHARK SANDWICH – Fast Album Reviews for Those on the Go
July 14, 2017 – Vol. 46
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Lo Tom – Lo Tom
Super group, Lo Tom, is here and ready to indie rock. Formed by members of Pedro the Lion, Starflyer 59, and the Soft Drugs, Lo Tom serves up rock and roll for vulnerable folks and vulnerability for rockers. Hey, we were all raised on equal parts Van Halen and the Replacements on MTV anyway. Lo Tom gets bonus points for “Find the Shrine” which sounds a bit like AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll).” Bagpipes not included.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles
Best Song: “Find the Shrine”
Boris – Dear
Boris is an experimental avant-garde metal band from Japan which takes its name from a Melvins song. Their sound is hard to pin down, but think of what it would sound like if the grim reaper was being slowly swallowed up by barely-flowing lava: Black Sabbath slowly dying in quicksand. If you like your music radically down-tuned, and your death creeping, then Boris is for you. It’s the perfect soundtrack to your 10th bong hit.
Rating: 4 outof 5 whistles
Best Song: “Absolutego”
Sheer Mag – Need to Feel your Love
The best way to describe the sound of Sheer Mag is a group of people who grew up listening to Skynyrd and .38 Special discovered the Stooges and Motown Records in college. That is a simplistic description, but it works in a pinch. Need to Feel Your Love is an infectious blast of raucous energy that dares you to resist shaking your ass. It’s got everything. It’s the rock and soul jam of the second half of your summer, party people.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 whistles
Best Song: “Pure Desire”
Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
Waxahatchee is the project of American badass Katie Crutchfield, named after the body of water in Alabama near where she grew up. Out in the Storm is a glorious break up album that wraps itself around you, the tightness ranging from a “I’ve been there, sister” familiar warmth to the suffocation of an angry boa constrictor. There is a “shoegaziness” to the rock and roll that makes the sentiment that much more believable and effective. Adjectives aside, this album rocks a lot, and whether it swallows you whole or sets you free is up to you. Please, though, play it loud enough to annoy the neighbors.
Rating: 5 out of 5 whistles
Best Song: “No Question”
The Dears – Times Infinity Vol. Two
Chamber pop not unlike Pulp and maybe TV on the Radio, The Dears are working overtime on your emotions and senses. There is a slinkiness to their occasionally chaste rhythm and blues, and a grit to their poppy-est inclination that just works. You’ll be crying as you sing out loud in the car, wiping your eyes, and turning the stereo down at the stop lights, but don’t be ashamed. The Dears love you times infinity, and this album is your tissue and therapist. Come on, and get melancholy.
Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles
Best Song: “Guns or Knives”
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- Album collage – Lo Tom – Barsuk Records; Boris – Sargent House Records; Waxahatchee – Merge Records; Sheer Mag – Wilsuns Record Company; and The Dears – Dangerbird Music.