I was sorting through an old wish list of music on my phone section of my notes - you know Mark Richardson used to carry a real physical piece of paper in his wallet so whenever he hit up or passed by a record store, he could cut right to it - so much for the romanticization of crate-digging, might as well use Amazon Prime for that - anyways I found a couple of tracks by a group called the Young Sinclairs, actually an a/b side deal and it's really grooving. Not sure why I didn't pick up a copy already, but I put an order in and you should do the same, in fact I'll grab it for your for a Christmas present.
I'm hesitant about the whole business of writing up the track because it's definitely got a 60's garage feel, with a post-Beatles reaction element a little up the lane of Big Star I think is a decent comparison. But I don't know if that's totally fair. And with the whole nostalgia thing, well, this has been my year of really embracing artists that moved away from that - "Digital Witness" and "Seasons (Waiting On You)" were my tracks of the year, maybe "Queen" too which were all really bold pop moves. But these tracks really groove in a good way, something to play for the parents back home for Christmas definitely. Partial to "You're Tied" myself on this little a/b side single, but "Mona Lisa" the bonus track is really a formidable track on its own too.
It's nice because if you're going to try and get all classic, at least they're not slapping it with reverb or sweet-surf-slickness like I swear to God at least 10% of bands this year have done and it's really starting to get old, between the Mac wannabes and the Beach Boys wannabes (God bless the Beach Boys and if you're not listening to them and Phil Spector's Christmas albums this holiday I'm not sure what you're doing), they've just got a straight-up and straight-forward straight-counted feel to them. Do put them up on the site I think as they're worth a listen definitely.
I can't help the feeling though that half the bands I've gotten into on the underground this year have just been totally playing off a pre-established sound and am getting a little conflicted because the truth of the matter is, there just isn't an underground song I've heard as good as "Digital Witness" or "Seasons" yet this year, esp. in doing something totally new and maybe that's just me and all but, maybe you've got to have a certain level of confidence and support - both emotional and fan-based and financial - to really have a level of belief to stride forward in a new and totally weird way. Maybe I'm just getting down on things, or I'm getting too high and excited on Future Islands and St. Vincent. Actually I take that back because come to think about it I'm very excited about this Iowa City/Minneapolis scene I'm writing up and interviewing right now - this band Cool Boobs (that name - so bad (!)), which is a side project of Frankie Teardrop actually, has some stuff that I just haven't heard the likes of before. "White Rice" and "Tongue Slips" on their debut record from the beginning of this year are just so exciting. Grating, abrasive, poppy, absolutely crazy, the singer sounds like he's about to break into total madness at any moment and I love it, and a really beautiful graceful distortion about the whole thing. A minute and a half in to "Tongue Slips"? Whoa. Anyhow, enjoy the Holidays.