Small Factory

So What About Love?

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After a handful of 7" releases, Providence, RI trio Small Factory trade in their electrics for acoustics, yet, not surprisingly, don't lose any of their characteristic edge and firepower. It helps to have their big chorus awareness, and when drummer Phoebe Summer Squash joins the vocal fray in her call-and-response style, it's as cool as any favorite '60s oldie updated to punk-pop's attack. Both songs (B-side: "We Will") cruise along like an express train commandeered by a fleeing criminal, chugging with abandon and tight power. You get the feeling these folks could set tax forms to music and make it seem breathlessly loud, rocking, and breezy all at once. Small Factory remain, along with Velvet Crush, the finest band the East Coast U.S. indie pop scene has produced, and in some ways, banging these acoustics just makes them more distinctive.