Really? A corking new band from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where the population is more moose, moles, muskrats, and martens than mankind after the tourists scram for the winter? Anyone other than Otto Preminger's Anatomy of Murder devotees want to locate Ishpeming, where this was recorded, without MapQuest? Good for Marquette's Redettes; the trio's seven-songer is a trans-generational hookup between Joe Jackson Band and New Pornographers. Led by brash, agitated Sycamore Smith, they play refreshingly reductive, rousing pop -- with guest violin and anonymous, pumping piano, which, like A.C. Newman's "On the Table," adds the special ingredient. They're upstanding, uptempo, uproarious...and upstaging other new wave/power pop outfits. And with direct references to Edgar Allan Poe's 1843 short story The Tell-Tale Heart, 18th century Irish folk songs, and Barry Mann's (with Gerry Goffin) 1961 number seven "Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp)," they transcend trite indie lyrical fare, too. Music comes from everywhere these days. Let's go visit them...in the summer!
AllMusic Review by Jack Rabid