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Lit on the Flash, Revolution Time
self-released, Sept. 1

03/15/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Jake Roche, the frontman for this York, Maine-based Fedora-hat jangle-folk trio, has apparently done time in some harder bands, and for history’s sake it’d be cool to enumerate them (his voice has a lot of muscle to it when he puts it in gear, a sign that he’s maybe been forced to cover the Stones or whatnot with a previous band). But the modern Internet, with its revolving door of “acceptable” social media, quickly buries old evidence, so, with a complete lack of a bio-sheet (bands, please don’t do that to writers, OK, pretty please with sugar on top? It took me 20 minutes of digging just to be able to type “York, Maine-based” with any confidence), we’re left with a pro-looking CD package and a bunch of hooky-enough tunes which, given their unfortunate absence of synths, quirk, a horn section, sampling and pliable laptop white-noise, might as well be dusty old Jim Croce or John Cougar demos. But that’s fine if your album was done as a hobby; every band I’ve ever heard from the seacoast sounded like a warmup act for Sufjan Stevens, so at least there’s the comfort that if he ever plays here we’ll have the basic necessities well-covered. B —Eric W. Saeger






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