GaragePunk Reviews Just Got Easier to Find... <![CDATA[ After your run grab a water or a MGD 64!]]> Wed, 16 Jun 2010 21:22:03 +0000 <![CDATA[ Saccharine Trust - The Magic Kids "Summer" single from Memphis]]> The Magic Kids
"Summer" from Memphis
True Panther

"Good To be" about sums up "Summer", in other words, it was too good to be true. Now that the first track from The Magic Kids first full length has been released it leaves me feeling like I drank a Sunkist the first time and then got handed a Tab. The Magic Kids view the song as a cautionary anthem to battle the lonliness of summer. Chances are most people might peg this song as a downer before they hear the lush outro. The opinion could easily go both ways. Bennet's vocals seem to be aiming for the Bryan Ferry-vibe which serve's this song well, but is miles way from the nasally bubblegum vocals on the first two singels..This might serve the band in the long run but for now it's almost as if they ditched their diet of Kasenatz and Katz records in favor of obscure Van Dyke Parks or boring Wondermints outtakes. Hopefully this is just a bad choice of a single and not representative of Memphis.]]> Wed, 16 Jun 2010 21:16:44 +0000
<![CDATA[ The Enthusiasts]]> The Enthusiasts 7 Inch In a small town where the Saw Mill and the NY State Thruway almost criss cross is the small town of Ardsley. Not much there but stores, a bike path that runs along the Saw Mill, and certainly not a place where your average punk band stays-- honestly the average band gets out of Dodge. Rock dreams usually get on the local Metro-North and head south to the city. The Enthusiasts do the same but as they say in punk rock-- don't forget your roots. On their frist 7-inch they bang out two originals which meld the garage stylings of The White Stripes/ Bloody Hollies with English style Power Pop, without hesitation throw in Misfits patented "Whoa-ooh!" or a breakdown with a few psychedelic riffs. "In the City" with a little added scuff could easily sit on any of the Shake Some Action - UK and Ireland comps. Joey F., tackling vocals and guitar, puts every ounce of energy into to his playing and singing. The song itself is the Punk Rock dream-- singing songs, going to the city, and getting away from where your from.  Dylan H. and Matt G. are a steady rhythm section and follow Joey H's lead pretty well. On "My Two Words" the "psychedelic breakdown" actually gives them a half a minute to shine. Though to be honest the last minute of the song might serve another song a little better. Stylistically the two songs might jump around a bit too much, but why stick to a formula. While every other band from the far corners of the earth descend on Brooklyn there is something refreshing about three guys coming down from the NY suburbs  playing "catchy" punk rock that feels a little more authentic. Maybe it's our own roots that let us dispense this credibility, maybe it's two pretty good songs, or maybe it's a little bit of both. One things for sure The Enthusiasts only have a couple of miles to go before this 7-Inch is part of history or they make more of their own history. * You can download the 7 Inch and a Live set over at their Bandcamp page, here.]]> Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:46:55 +0000 <![CDATA[ If Novak disssappointed you with his Shattered Records 7 inch then...]]> Cheap Time

Cheap Time

In The Red Records 2008


Aren't the pretty? Compare them to Jay Reatard's band (past/ present) they are matinee idols by comparison. If you like Reatard's brand of punk gone new wave then you will be more than pleased with fellow Memphis wunderkind Jeff Novak's Cheap Time. With two 7 inches to their credit this full length came out in 2008 and was recorded in 2007. Where Reatard pulls heavily from Head on the Door-era cure, Novak tones down the arena rock of Cheap Trick for a less polished sped up power pop.

"People Talk" robotically pounds you with the chorus that sounds eerily like Robin Zander, but that is the most obvious compairson you could make to the Power Pop icons. Most of the music might be subtle as a hammer, but for the most part Cheap Time seem to be purposely cramming into short bursts that are very good song. On paper "Trip to the Zoo" seems like an opus at 3:03, but ,much of the first two minutes is loaded with a long windy intro that ends with just enough song that makes you a little sad it's over. "Tight Fit" qualifies for the "punkest" song on the album. The big beat that backs the chorus gets your headed banging in sync with your toes tappin. "Falling Down" has some big Townsend style guitar sounds and "Over Again" is a sing along waiting to be discovered ten years from now.

At the end of the day Cheap Time is better than average Garage Punk that delivers. Sure Novak isn't reinventing a genre and borrowing heavily from the Memphis punk sounds that shaped him. He makes sure that it is vital and lack redundancy.

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