Hope Factory

Imaginary/Drinking Song

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Not all local New York bands are noise merchants with cooler-than-thou attitudes and nose rings. A pop single this good makes you want to go back and get the band's previous The Folly of Being Comforted 7" and So Why Petrified? CD, and see them play sooner than later. "Imaginary" is excellent immediately, a catchy, well-choreographed tune that uses a tossed salad of guitar sounds to good effect, while the bopping bass and drums are just as nimble. The longer the song goes on, the more you like it, as the guitars start to pile on after a while like football players to a loose fumble. The B-side "Drinking Song" is no slouch either, reminding vaguely of Julian Cope's earliest solo efforts and the more committed early days of New Order (did Peter Hook define bass in the '90s, or what!). And singer/leader Alee Namvar has legitimate potential as a songwriter, that's for sure!