The Tough & Lovely – “Born Of The Stars” – [Spoonful Records]
Hunter Gatherer 12/15/2004 A Library, CD
This is the first full-length release from a 5 member rock and roll band from Columbus, Ohio founded in 2002 by guitarist/songwriter Andrew Robertson. The CD was released 8/2004.
For lack of a better term, I would call this music ‘garage rock? though that wouldn’t give an indication of the years spent listening to and reverse engineering their rock and soul records, the excellent songwriting, the solid rhythm section that’s in no particular hurry, and – the first thing you will notice – Lara Yazvac’s tough and lovely singing.
In a good portion of the lyrics people are breaking hearts, getting their hearts broken, holding on, letting go, doing a lot of crying. (I don’t remember life in Ohio as being that dramatic.) Written down they would probably look silly, but with Ms. Yazvac’s voice and the band backing her up it works.
Here is a partial list of influences that I was scribbling down as I was listening: Kinks, Pretenders, Del Shannon, Shangri-Las, The Capitols (Cool Jerk), X Ray Spex, Lowell Fulson (Tramp), the entire Atlantic Rhythm and Blues box set.
Every convertible sold should come with a copy of this CD.
you heard it 35 times on kfjc! most recently:
- 3730 days ago, Pax Humana played See What Good Love Can Bring
- 3884 days ago, Pax Humana played Hard to Love
- 4857 days ago, Pax Humana played Out of Our Seats
- 6440 days ago, Hunter Gatherer played Out of Our Seats
- 6461 days ago, Hunter Gatherer played The Ohh La La
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