Sundowners - S/T - 7"
This four song self-titled 7” from the Minneapolis-based Sundowners has lots of jangle, and has nice melodic lines, hints of pop, but with lots of emotional edge so it doesn’t come off sounding too poppy. The tracks come off kind of on the punk end of the indie spectrum, or on the indie end of the punk spectrum, whichever way you want to look at it. It’s edgy without coming off as too punk (is there such a thing?), but also without being silly pop fluff. They got it just right, if you ask me. The musical writing and arranging is really cool. I especially love the guitar embellishments on “Can’t You Help Me Get My Thai On,” the opening track on this little piece o’ vinyl. “Misplaces Mistakes” is a bit more of a hard driving punk track, and “Life After Berf” relaxes it back just a tad. Relaxed is not quite right – they have an easy sound while still sounding intense. Casually intense? “CN-END” has a very similar feel, and the last two songs sort of flow one into the other. The one thing that might be the weak link for Sundowners is the vocals – when there’s only one person singing, it’s OK, but when there’s two or more of them singing together, it’s a little messy, a bit out of key. But, damn, I love this kind of punk music! --Paul Silver