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).
Click through for an album stream!