by Aaron ScottGrowing up in NJ, I saw Aaron's old band De La Hoya play a whole lot. I even tried to work on their website for a little bit, before I realized I was over my head. It's funny how things come full circle, and he's over recording a Pink Couch as Attica Attica, or touring with friends like Bridge and Tunnel. Aaron is always on the road, so make sure to catch him on his way through your town.
The Reveling - TributariesI am addicted to this record. I cannot recall the last time I heard a new record that I listened to daily for weeks. I had basically forgotten that I used to do that all the time. This record's addictive quality is its simplicity. It seems an unflattering term, to call something "simple", but I mean it in the most complimentary of ways. There's a confidence that the Reveling has in these songs. You can tell because they are just plain great punk rock songs. A band that had less trust in the strength of its songs would nervously dip into the bag of superfluous drum fills and unnecessary guitar noodles to punch up the supposed weak spots. Sure, the Reveling plays a little more with the instrumentation than the Ramones did, but they do it just the right amount. I could keep going. Get this record already. PS Any band that correctly employs the word "tantamount" gets an A+++++++ from me.
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Larry and His Flask - All That We KnowI saw this band for the first time last summer in the woods of northern California in front of a raging campfire with their silhouettes shrouded in a cloud of dirt that they (and we) were kicking up. It was like the most hedonistic elements of bluegrass and punk shoved together in a mess of big beards, dirty vests and shaggy hair. The whole affair was intensely maniacal and yet strikingly precise. How was it that they could so tightly race through their songs and nail four part harmonies while jumping all around? It all seemed evidence that this was, indeed, the devil's music. And it felt very, very good. You need to see this band live. Their record is great, but it's great in the way that you need a souvenir document of the live experience you just had. So go to a show, and buy the record there.
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