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Elbow Beach Surf Club

Billy Club EP

Elbow Beach Surf Club
Guelph, ONís Elbow Beach Surf Club get tighter with every outing, and their unique brand of hooky pop fury has never sounded so engaging. Even as they explore more dynamic song structures, with rapid-fire tempos frequently running into half-time breakdowns, nine songs in 22 minutes leave little room for self-indulgence. The punk pop blast of "Same SideĒ is uplifting, with vocalist Lindsay Roe submerged in distortion and mixed low enough to approximate the raw tone and presence of another guitar. "Where the Bluejays AreĒ has a similar rush, exhibiting the bandís affection for Sonic Youth, which is further exemplified about halfway through "Oil God,Ē with a manic noise release. Itís funny because, in spite of the bandís allegiance to underground aesthetic values, songs like "No VolumeĒ possess anthemic qualities and, with the sheen of a meatier production, would surely have more of an impact. Thatís not to detract too much from the bandís impressive DIY efforts but, as commanding as the Billy Club EP is, itís just a hair away from storming out of your speakers. (Burnt Oak)
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