Review - Love & Death EP

Artist: The Sun

Recorded in a weekend at ex-Wilco-er Jay Bennett's home studio, this six-song EP shows why garage rock always sounds better when it's American. Nothing against the considerable talents of our friends in Scandinavia, but hey, in America, we actually have garages. And in Columbus, Ohio -- from whence The Sun hails -- garage rock was kept alive for many fallow years by bands like the New Bomb Turks. (In fact, former Turks drummer Sam Brown drums for The Sun.) However, this hotly-hyped band proves on these six songs that it's possible to both maintain the fire of garage rock but also move the "genre" forward by using unconventional song structures and instrumentation. The psychotronic freak-out of "Back In The Summer of '72" blasts along with no discernable anchor, the title track trashes up a standard blues riff to the point of confusion and the ultra-catchy "Fell So Hard" settles in somewhere between Jon Spencer, The Make-Up and the Supersuckers. Yeah, it's that rawk. You might think you've heard it all before, but really, you haven't. Bring it on home to America, y'all.

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