Saturday, March 17, 2012

Album Review: Awkward Breeds


Title:  Awkward Breeds (Red Scare Industries, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)
Artist:  The Sidekicks (Facebook, MySpace, Last.fm)

The Sidekicks latest album, Awkward Breeds, perfectly mixes elements of pop punk, indie rock, and power pop for a sound that is far more reminiscent of groups like Guided By Voices, Superchunk, and Weezer than the Ramones.  A great example of a GBV inspired number is “Peacock,” while “The Whale and Jonah” sounds almost eerily like an early Weezer song, and the album’s opening track “DMT” sounds just like Superchunk.  Another great moment is the highly catchy “The 9th Piece” which includes some excellent harmonies.  In fact there isn’t a bad moment on Awkward Breeds; from top to bottom this is an excellent record.  If you’ve never heard The Sidekicks but are a fan of The Thermals, Cheap Girls, Broadcaster, The Menzingers, or the aforementioned Guided By Voices, Superchunk, and Weezer, then I highly recommend checking out Awkward Breeds.

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