Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Expert Alterations - You Can't Always Be Liked

I don't know whether any of Alan, Patrick, or Paul -- the trio that comprise Baltimore trio Expert Alterations -- could cuff my trousers or fix the labels on my suit jacket.  But when it comes to writing a jangling guitar song these guys are ace.  Their debut album, You Can't Always Be Liked, is packed with perfectly crafted pop gems.  The lyrics are smart, and the tunes are fast and tight with the bass and drums driving the songs.  While the C-86 style of indie pop has been ascribed to their work, there is a hint of punk and a scrappy undercurrent to the proceedings, and I find more similarities with the more aggressive path taken by bands such as The Clean, The Wedding Present, The Feelies and some of the smart guitar pop bands that Glasgow seems to produce on a regular basis.

Breezy songs with a hint of anxiety, a sturdy backbone and a jangling guitar.  This is perfect stuff!

You Can't Always Be Liked is out on October 30 via Kanine Records in digital, CD and vinyl formats.

Kanine Records page for release
Bandcamp for release

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