Head and the Hares

Head and the Hares

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Wonderful band name. It hearkens back, as does the music contained in this self-titled debut album from Italy's Head and the Hares, to the New England garage sound of the mid-'60s, which itself was an attempt to replicate the pop of the Zombies and the Byrds (in addition to the normal British Invasion influences). But whereas the best of those New England bands (the Remains, the Rising Storm, the Rockin' Ramrods, the Lost) arrived at their own hybrid sound, Head and the Hares simply ape their influences without bringing anything of their own to the fold. The results sound not unlike a generic '60s New England band. You could, in fact, almost mistake the band for a lost Boston garage band circa 1966 if it were not for the flat, expressionless vocals that betray Head and the Hares' Italian origins, and which make the music seem more boring than it actually is. In addition to some ultra-faithful originals, the album contains covers of Arthur Lee's "A Message to Pretty" and Gene Clark's "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better" that won't make you forget the originals.