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Halfsour at This Is Book’s Music

Outside of being a band that nicely blend courageous rock with wonderful pop craftiness, halfsour are a band that make their songs well partly due to Ian Gustafson, Matthew Mara and Zoë Wyner trading vocal duties from song to song. One way to describe what they do is power pop but when you hear something as fierce as “Sensitive Rugby”, they are much more than just a power pop band but then again, maybe you could call this Maximum Pop’N’Roll after listening to Tuesday Night Live (Jigsaw).

Corny, I know, and while one may want to compare them to Sonic Youth due to how they trade vocals, halfsour are a completely different band altogether although they both share a kind of energy that their fans can appreciate. I like hearing a band that could be unpredictable, even with one another, and I think they could easily pull some incredible moments in live shows. This is a band to keep an eye on.

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Halfsour at Raised by Gypsies

If you’re Halfsour, what does that make the other half of you– sweet?  Or is this one of those glass half empty/glass half full type of deals?    While I have no answers to these questions I will say that if you should happen to name your band Halfsweet I think you should totally go on tour with Halfsour and then you could call it the “Canceling Each Other Out Tour 2026” or whatever.

Somewhere between a band from “Empire Records”, The Replacements, The Hold Steady and even The Clash with more clank comes the sound of Halfsour.   Vocals are occasionally traded off on this album but not as much as you might think.    There are parts of The Mr. T Experience in here as well and I do enjoy this in an indie rock with raw soul kind of way, which has it almost on that verge of being punk.

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Halfsour at Magnet

Halfsour has just released new record Tuesday Night Live, and you need to hear it. Listen to the Beat Happening-esque “I.K.” below, a shambling, loud garage track that should be perfect for a weekend drive. Be sure to check out Tuesday Night Live as well, out now on Jigsaw Records.

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Halfsour at Innocent Words

Although their band name is abysmal, not to mention perplexing, Halfsour’s music is charming, straightforward indie pop.

There isn’t a lot on the internet about Halfsour – good luck finding a website. However, they do have a sparse Bandcamp page, and their Facebook page is just as pathetic. No member information, no bio, hell, even the band description is “mara-wyner-gustafson overdrive.” Whatever the hell that means. Is this the care and dedication the current generation gives to their art? Fuck, I hope not.

I know I sound like a bitter old music scribe, and I know we are not here to review websites or social media. So let’s get to the music.

Kicking off ‘Tuesday Night Live,’ which is not a live record by the way, is the quick and punchy indie rocker “What You’re Waiting.” In fact, all 13 tracks barely touch the three-minute mark, let alone going over three minutes. But it keeps things upbeat and fun with bratty boy/girl lead vocals, crisp clean guitar playing, and one hell of a drummer.

Sure, it’s raw – “Chartreuse Rec Room” for example – but it holds your attention, and I like that. There is nothing new on the table here from this Boston trio, but they’ve studied their past very well. Remember those ’90s indie pop darlings the Spinanes, Busytoby, the Like Young? Or if you are thinking more mainstream Weezer and Ben Folds? Then you get the idea of what Halfsour is all about.

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Eureka California / Witching Waves / halfsour at Radio Nowhere

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Halfsour at Whisperin and Hollerin

Half Sour are a faux-naive indie-pop outfit, straight outta Boston and from the sound of it. They are more North end rather than Southies it seems. When the opening blast of What Your Waiting jumps out of the speakers at you, it suggests this album is full of rather urgent sounding songs. Grump, the second track, even manages to sound like the guitars are mimicking a siren at the end of the song which is pretty neat

Chartreuse Rec Room almost sounds like they want to walk over Boston Common on the wrong day as instead of the normal assorted drug dealers and hippes etc they find some real straight folks to have a go at them. But then this real fuzzy guitar comes in to take my mind off imagined scenarios for the song.

i.k. is probably the song that most hints at the band’s roots, starting out sounding like a Guided By Voices covers band as it’s a cool indie power-pop, catchy as all hell song with a great guitar bit that twists at the right parts of your brain in time for everyone to scream “Whoa Oh!” a few times. Sensitive Rugby? They must be mistaken as I never played in a sensitive rugby match growing up and this song isn’t that sensitive either with its clattering guitars and almost J Mascis-style lazy vocals in places.

Pleasantly Whelmed has some great backing vocals to lift the song from being another indie blank and reminds me a bit of being a bit slanted but not too enchanted. Porch Sittin’ does remind me a bit of sitting in Newton Highlands on a porch reading Nietszche back in 1986. I’m back wondering what I’m doing in this big old house as the singer goes on about a supernova that I could have seen at night from the window.

Employees Must Wash Hands is the sort of song that might make you reach for the hibi scrub and get clean in a hail of guitars. Pop Art Pop Tart is a great song title and the poppy indie that goes with it is almost like Lush. It’s a cool song for sure. Topsider thankfully has nothing to do with the band of that name but instead sound like, well, Girls Against Boys.

Adult Friday just seemed to breeze past a bit too easily. Mood Monster, meanwhile, seems to be a rant at someone’s parents for not letting them wear black. Ha, as if any of us have ever had that argument! The album then closes with Fake Sandwich which is a noisy rant about a sandwich that lacks enough filling to be a real sandwich, if y’follow my drift.

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Halfsour at Three Imaginary Girls

The folks at Seattle record label (and record store) Jigsaw Records bring us Tuesday Night Live – the debut album by Halfsour. The Boston trio’s brand of indie-pop comes from the other side of the tracks, where “cute and precious” is overpowered by fast-paced, retro jangle and fearless, yet catchy, melodies.

I immediately fell for their candid guitar+drum cocktail as they mix early Wedding Present relentless spunk (especially on “Topsider”) with a slight nod to The Knack’s “My Sharona” (on “Porch Sitting”) and traces of  lovely, enveloping guitar that Curve would be particularly proud of in “IK.”

“Pop Art Pop Tart” is a perfect sub-genre term for their sound and my favorite song on the album – it’s relentless and determined. It is a wall of DIY guitar jangle that is paired well with“No Culture Icons” by The Thermals (be still my heart).

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Halfsour at Clicky Clicky Music Blog

We suppose there might be some quibbling, especially as how one defines “big” or “Boston” has some bearing on the matter, but it seems indisputable anyway that the first big Boston album of 2016 comes courtesy of Halfsour. The trio’s terrific debut long-player Tuesday Night Live, which streets next week, boasts scads of brisk tunes fizzing with hooks. The first preview track “Porch Sittin” presented a hardscrabble garage sound a laParquet Courts, but the great strength of the set is its variety of approaches to power-pop (emphasized by the traded-off lead or doubled-up vocals from Zoe and Matt). An outsized melody, caffeinated strumming and explosively boxy snare conspire to make set highlight “Pop Art Pop Tart” a breathless banger. The song careens from verse to pre-chorus to chorus, marrying scritchy guitar chords to just enough jangle to conjure thoughts of Peter Buck. The swinging hip-shaker “Pleasantly Whelmed” also shines brightly, and hints perhaps at Halfsour’s purported small-g genesis as a Guided By Voices cover band. The verse of the slow-burning, syncopated “I.K.” recycles the classic Beatles “Ticket To Ride” riff, and bursts its seams coming out of a manic chorus with an angular guitar solo that buzzes like a fridge. There’s just a lot to like. Tuesday Night Live will be released in a limited edition of 300 LPs and (virtually) unlimited CDs by Jigsaw Records Jan. 29; pre-order the set right here. In addition, Baltimore-based Nebraskan Coast is doing a run of cassettes for Tuesday Night Live, so watch this link for availability, quantity, color, etc.; the label has also done tapes for Princess Reason and Wildhoney, in case you were wondering. Halfsour previously released via Ride The Snake a dandy of a split EP with Boston luminaries Reports in late 2014, which you can purchase from Jigsaw right here.

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Halfsour at Impose

Boston, Massachusetts denizens of the DIY community Halfsour are about to release their debut album Tuesday Night Live January 29 through Jigsaw Records & Nebraskan Coast on cassette. Rumored to have once been a Guided By Voices cover group; Zoë, Ian, & Matt follow-up their Reports 12″ split EP from Ride The Snake Records with something that would inspire both Robert Pollard and the shamble-core crowd to tighten-up their own sound sets of sensitive slacker pop.

Taking jangle cues from your post-punk obscure heroes and unloved & abandoned 80s idols on songs like “What You’re Waiting”, “Sensitive Rugby”, “Porch Sittin’”, and more; Halfsour today presents the world premiere of their b/w 16mm video for “IK” made by Peaches from the Barbazons, introducing the video with the following statement from the band:

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Halfsour at Collapse Board

Say you’ve gone out to see a gig in a new town. You’ve arrived early, as is your custom, but already people are crowding the couches and milling in bunches. You don’t know any of these people. Your legs lock as you stand at the threshold, scanning for somewhere unobtrusive to sit.

Twenty minutes crawl by. A prime table up front, the book you brought, and the beverage you’re nursing (I can’t order your drink for ya, geez) have done nothing to calm your jittery nerves. Two guys and a girl set up on stage, cutting up and joking with each other.

So they begin. And they start with this:

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