Love Songs for All Events
As Yo La Tengo recontextualized little-known or forgotten pop singles from the ’60s, so do the Harrisonics for the ’80s. The indie rock underground of that period, which turned generally known as school rock, spawned a slew of self-released singles within the wake of the punk rock explosion, whereby bands found—within the phrases of the Minutemen—”our band could possibly be your life,” and commenced making music and taking part in exhibits.
Following the concept that Yo La Tengo was drawing from the ’60s, so had been their contemporaries, in that these bands had been simply the most recent incarnation of the storage rockers who sprung up within the wake of the Beatles. Not for nothing is the Harrisonics comprised of the traditional energy trio format of guitar, bass, and drums, and on their debut, Love Songs for All Events, they do an terrible lot with a little bit.
There’s a whole lot of jangly guitar happening right here, someplace between the melodicism of the Byrds and the uneven rhythms favored by the likes of R.E.M. opening monitor, “Helpful Buffoon,” for example, bops alongside just like the Jam’s “A City Referred to as Malice,” minus the organ prospers. Followers of energy pop will discover lots to love on Love Songs for All Events, given the Harrisonics’ love of taking brief, catchy tunes and bashing them out with proficient aplomb.
The best possible side of what the Harrisonics do, truly, is the way in which by which they take a well-recognized intro, twist it, after which take the tune elsewhere completely. “That’s the Factor (I Was Telling You About)” kicks off like “She Cracked” by the Fashionable Lovers, however rocks like a ’60s frat rocker, replete with gang vocals. The Ronettes’ “Be My Child” drum intro is replicated for “Sucker,” however as an alternative of romance, performs like a tragic bastard promenade tune.
For these seeking to discover some pleasure in these robust occasions, there’s nothing which works fairly so properly as a three-minute pop tune, which make up the majority of Love Songs for All Events. For individuals who wish to stretch out a bit and take that cosmic experience, the fuzzed-out journey that’s “Small City Romance” will fill that Yo La Tengo area of interest fairly properly.
Love Songs for All Events is offered on compact disc and vinyl LP, in addition to digitally, on Bandcamp.