Jul 25, 2013

Local Artist – Bummers

Finally made it out to see Bummers Tuesday night at The Basement. Now I can listen to the Hot Tub Hoagie Boys EP objectively so I can write an incredibly subjective review.

We weren’t able to stay long, but “a bridge without a chorus” is my only coherent note. I know I was referring to the second song in the set, maybe The South (the opening track of the aforementioned recording). And while I could easily clarify by asking Bummers, its totally irrelevant. The point is, Bummers’ live set (and song structures for that matter) are quick and quirky.

At times there’s an effeminate element to Jeff’s (?) vocal delivery that becomes increasingly appealing with Chris’ delicate guitar work and harmonies. However, the softness is only momentary as a controlled chaos seems to dominate the live set, which sonically very much reminded me of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Basically, its impossible to predict where Bummers are going, but you’ll thoroughly enjoy the ride.

Hot Tub Hoagie Boys EP review:

Bummers - Hot Tub Hoagie Boys

The South – The first 60 seconds of this 3 minute track (the longest on the EP) is one rolling verse, which ends not with a chorus, but instead expands into more robust instrumentation and harmonies. There isn’t much structure here, but more of a linear intro into the rest of the EP.

Drones – Starts out in an ode to the Sex Pistols, with an initial build reminiscent of Anarchy in the UK. Before delivery of the first lyric, this is quickly broken up by a soft guitar lead of the surf variety. But the ebb and flow between the soothing guitar tones and a distorted build up that never really crescendos continues throughout this incredibly catchy track.

It Ain’t Easy – This is by far my favorite track. Distorted bass, buzzy guitar and one very unpredictable tempo change defines the third song on the EP. Cramming a truly wonderful breakdown, chock-full-of Beatle-esque harmonies, into a two and a half minute track certainly ain’t easy.

Knew You Well – Without a doubt the most radio friendly track on the EP, this song probably best represents the complete sound that is Bummers. An upbeat surf track from start to finish, Knew You Well is the song with structure, lyrics and instrumentation that has instant mass appeal.

Bummers… check em out

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