8/10 Mike Staff review, 30 January 2014
HoZac have some hot platters for us this week in the shape of a couple of new additions to their Archival series, resurrecting some overlooked power-pop by Chicago's Epicycle and Toronto's First Base. Oh wait, what's that? This is a new album, apparently. You wouldn't know it to listen to it, though - this is by-the-book power pop with crunchy Ramones guitars and tangy '60s surfpop organs. The press release compares them to the Jesus & Mary Chain, which I can hear in the nonchalant-but-perfect harmonies, but this is more straightforward by far and sounds like it could easily have been made any time in the last 30 years, from the same school as early Weezer or the Exploding Hearts or The Replacements or Hunx and His Punx.
Which is to say that what this troupe lack in originality, they compensate for in ridiculously catchy hooks which come thick and fast with a faux-naive bubblegum abandon, fizzy tones and impeccable harmonies. It's knowingly dumb and cheeseball in places but never unlikeable. I do feel like I'd enjoy reviewing it more if it was warmer, it's weird listening to music this upbeat when my toes feel like they're about to fall off. I'm off to put the heating on. Buy this and save it for the next time you're cruising around on a warm summer evening or sipping cocktails on the beach.
YOUR RECENTLY VIEWED ITEMS
- First Base by First Base
Get alerted to new stock from this artist / label.