The District Attorneys

The District Attorneys

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The debut release from the District Attorneys is pretty much what one would expect from an energetic young band in 2011; heavy on familiar rock touchstones, recombined attractively at points but nowhere near distinctly or remarkably enough, to get completely pumped up over. But people have to get started somewhere and the question is, where to next with them? Tellingly, though, it seems to improve as the EP continues. The initial songs are all pleasant enough, with titles like "Going to Carolina" and "Splitsville," with easy guitar rambles and Beach Boys-derived harmonies, and a feeling of sounding like a band one stage over at an outdoor festival in the afternoon, saying it all. But "Sweetheart All Reckless and Humble" helps shift what had been something of a daze into something else, just enough to prompt thoughts as to where the group might go next. The attractive acoustic/electric blend hint of shoegaze glaze is key (perhaps slightly supported by the lyrical reference to 1987 instead of, say, 1972 or 1887, both of which seem more common these days). The protogaze feeling continues on "The Deep End of You and Me" and "Where Have You Been Lately," with the latter becoming even more notable thanks to the increasingly stronger singing as it continues. Again, still early days on this debut, but with a potentially promising future.

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