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Here on Wichita are the latest power-popsters out for your hearts, the endearingly monikered Swearin’. They’re playing a determinedly late-’90s brand of indie rock with heavy shades of pop punk and (good) emo, with a boy singer and a girl singer although the girl does the bulk of the vocalising.
When there’s a boy singing it’s like Superchunk and the Get Up Kids, straining the tracks out in a heartfelt nasal yelp, while the girl-fronted numbers fall somewhere between the Throwing Muses and Lemuria and Rainer Maria. It is almost like you’re listening to two different bands sharing an album in places, but both versions of the band ooze a personable energy which is somewhat infectious. ‘Shrinking Violet’ is especially infectious, a Breeders-channelling romp which is over in a flash. ‘Hundreds & Thousands’ does the same Breeders trick, it sounds like some long-lost ‘Last Splash’ outtake (and consequently is brilliant, of course).
A quick glance at the press release tells me this lady Allison Crutchfield is the sister of the Waxahatchee lady, but I won’t give that more than a passing mention because this band are clearly a valid entity in their own right. It’s an explosion of nostalgic post-grunge indie rock that would’ve had me salivating with joy 15 years ago. If I was to pick a contemporary they most bring to mind I think it’d be Louisville’s profoundly wonderful Giving Up; earnest, sentimental and super-catchy indie rock with fat slicing guitars and just the right amount of rough-around-the-edges shamble. Nothing groundbreaking, just a strikingly well-executed indie rock record.
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