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Street Joy, EP (Trick Pony Records)
CD Reviews: February 12, 2015

02/12/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Street Joy, EP (Trick Pony Records)

So here’s a new L.A.-indie buzz act firing its dance-rock shotgun in a couple of different directions, which is a nice break from genre-clinging bands, even if I wouldn’t have advised taking some of the tacks. This new five-songer (they’re working on an album, but this is enough to get the gist) launches with “Wandering in Your Mind,” which earned them some Billboard/CMJ love for its BRMC-meets-Strokes lo-fi garage-raunch, decorated nicely enough with some old-school Iggy hollering. “Laurel Hill” is retro too, but in the opposite direction — toward Dire Straits if you want to get wonky about it, what with its choo-choo blues vibe and Knopfler-esque singing. I wouldn’t have done that, but they’re not me, and for all I know, maybe Millennials are so sick of everything else that they’re interested in room-temperature 1980s-cab-driver rawk without even knowing it. “Moon” has the most Soundcloud plays, maybe because it sounds like Strokes doing a slow, bullhorn-powered version of something Alice Cooper left off the Billion Dollar Babies album. Lots of this stuff is worthy of placement on a Ford Focus commercial, if that sells you. B-Eric W. Saeger





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