Doers

Ready, Set... Do/I Can Enjoy Almost Anything

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The Doers do a lot on this 17-song album and EP, the latter featuring the legendary Mike Watt. Opening up with a punchy and rambunctious title track, Kathy Dube's harmony is just as prominent as the thick bassline coming from Barry Higginson. There will be no highbrow lyrics here, just tight and catchy rock-meets-punk tunes resembling a cross between the B-52's and Violent Femmes. "One End Snaps" is slightly more jerky but still packs the same oomph thanks to the sweet harmonies and pretty rhythm section. They continue this quirky momentum on "Liftin' Up," which seems to revolve around Sean Maxey's odd delivery. The first highlight is "(If Only) Things Weren't So Fragile" that is pure power pop as if perfected in Mission to Burma's garage. Unfortunately the next four songs don't add up to three minutes and are more brief unfinished rants than anything else, especially during "Short Shrift" and "Found a Find." They move out of the minute-plus format on the pretty and encouraging "Shine Out the Clearer," resembling the Aislers Set in terms of well-crafted minimal. no-frills pop. Just as strong is the swirling Talking Heads meets Rheostatics nugget "On Your Feet." The five-song EP is primarily live with the exception of "Stop Again," a power pop tune that has some great lo-fi guitar riffs à la Sloan. "Anchorin' Down" clocks in at close to seven minutes and is a winding, aimless and rather bland piece of work. "Waking Up Is Hard to Do" fares far better thanks to a darker, melancholic yet meandering feel recalling Knife in the Water.

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