November 13, 2014
(Pop Llama, 1988)
The amped up reputation of the North West hides the gentler influences that percolated away the entire time and ignores how open-minded audiences were. These guys were playing songs with exquisite vocal harmonizing — there’s no way they’d fit in on Sub Pop. Their acoustic strumming was performed with clean precision and attention to detail — there’s no way they’d find a place on K. Respect is due for having the guts to unashamedly channel themselves into this fresh-faced, singable pop music that wears its Sixties and Seventies influences on the sleeve. Tap your foot, it’s legal.