The Capitol Years

Jewelry Store

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The one thing that Shai Halperin wants to do is rock out and rock out like it's nobody's business, without being tagged another garage rock reinventor. He and his Capitol Years project are a full-fledged band this time around, and this little gem showcases Halperin's dreams of making raw rock & roll. From the dirty blues-rock of "Jet Black," to the jaunty indie-tailored "Lucky Strike," the Jewelry Store EP is polished in style and eager in ambition, and Capitol Years maintain a pop sensibility unlike the slick presentation from the likes of the Strokes and the Vines. There's much more of a homegrown spirit from these Philly natives compared to the New York lot, and the knee-slappin' good time of "River Raid" and "Train Race" highlight that alone. Halperin & co. are finally onto something.

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