In Basements and in Bars

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This is not a band that wastes much time introducing its material. Drummer's debut album has some of the alternative country hues of Wilco on "So Long," which resembles fellow Canadian alternative folk-rock musician Hayden. "I don't want to hear your insights into barrooms and brawls," is stated in "Seven Days," with the slacker, shoegazing soft rock that works well and quite often throughout. "Above All Struts" is a bit off-kilter in its arrangement, being a bit too honky tonk and more of a B-side or throwaway track. When the band tries a beefier riff on the appropriately dubbed "Concert Band," it sounds too produced and watered down for its own good, although the horns are a nice touch. "Sleeping Cars" is a better attempt at the style. "Rewrite" is the album's zenith, with some throwaway lyrics over a nice garage rock rehearsal atmosphere before breaking into some satisfactory guitar solos. Barely whispering in "CCM Bikes," the group seems most comfortable producing a simple pop/rock format time after time, but it works nearly every time. After an instrumental waste, the group mentions Neil Young during "Biltamore," and closes on a strong point. Although short, it is at times quite sweet.