Saturday, December 05, 2015

Album Review: 'Thrills & Chills' by The New Trocaderos

Title:  Thrills & Chills (BandCamp, CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, Wikipedia)
Artist:  The New Trocaderos (Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp, CD Baby, Wikipedia)

The New Trocaderos' full-length debut is a sharp and crisp blast of power pop rock 'n' roll that hearkens back to the doo-wop of the 1960, the garage rock and punk of the 1970s, and the jangle pop of the 1980s.  Boasting members of The Connection and the one and only Kurt Baker, The New Trocaderos have a power pop pedigree that is second to none, so the fact that Thrills & Chills is a great record kind of goes without saying.  Where this record differs from Baker's solo work is that the hooks and melodies sound rougher with a raw edge to them.  That's not to say that this record is low fi but it is more stripped down and played with an almost desperate urgency.  The result is simply a fantastic garagey, punky, doo-wopy, power pop rock 'n' roll record.

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