The focus is adrenaline charged blasts, more like Ty Segall's early Traditional Fools recordings or the excellent Terry Malts than The Mantles or Sonny and the Sunsets. And it isn't that The Black Tambourines can't dial it back (as evidenced by the final track, "Back There Again"), it is that they have chosen to make their case with the gas foot pressed to the floor. Tracks such as "Ghost at a Party" have a more surf rock vibe, with lower-register guitars taking front stage. Others have a punkier feel. But I don't think The Black Tambourines feel the need to showcase versatility at this point; they just want us to know they have arrived. So you can take them or leave them in their noisy glory. For my money, it is one of the best garage rock debuts of the year.
"Ghost at a Party", "Bodies" and "Crosseyed" provide your tasting menu. I recommend the entire meal.
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