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No Paws/Hey Buddy and The Pals [coll] – [Bridgetown Records]

lombard   11/10/2009   A Library, CD

This is a fun little (3-inches to be exact) CD EP from two young inland empire bands released in 2008 on Bridgetown Records.

It starts with three poppy, lofi tracks from No Paws (No Lions). Upbeat, fuzzy, and simple; it reminds me of the early days of K Records with its DIY spirit. Keys, drums (or machine), and group singing. By track three (recorded live at the fab college station KSPC), there’s a talk/yell style of singing that’s just so infectious.

The last 3 songs are from Hey Buddy and the Pals. Their sound is more swagger rock/punk with a bit of the blues on their opening track (and most aggressive) “Stillborn.” It gets prettier on “Big Growl” with buried vocals, but still a lofi sound. “Motherly Love” has an anthemic beginning and delivers throughout.

you heard it 18 times on kfjc! most recently:
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Bridgetown Records says

Whoa, good to know that people are still discovering this around a year after it sold out! This EP marked a good time and the kids behind it are still some of my favorites.

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