As we turn over to a new year, the HandGrenades are singing "Auld Lang Syne" to their own "Wonder Years" with their new EP.
You can play it through like a fuzzy daydream recollection to scattered snapshots wistfully replaying the lovelorn heart aches, bemused anger, defiant exertiveness and finding-thyself-catharsis so akin to the keen histrionics of youth. Most of these tunes follow the classic recipe for a power-pop punch fest, tightly wrung riffs, syrupy reverb, surfing bass lines and propelling drums -
To distinguish from being too derivative, HandGrenades put their own touches on it - like that blurring sunny lead guitar soaring over its gruffer, more blues-toned counteract ("So Down"), or maybe it's the tastefully sassy touch of an airy, melodious organ ("Over You") - and their strong harmonies always sweeten the pot ("See You Round"). Plus, most of the time you can almost dance to this stuff - or at least swing!
Aside from that, the sound of the record acheives the proper sonic dynamics to match the vigor of the HandGrenades's popped-up rock n roll, mixed by Kevin McMahon (Marcata Recording, NY, see: Walkmen / French Kicks). They laid down the tracks around town, with Josh Wheeler at Fitter Happier Studios and will be releasing it on Sound Artifacts Music.
HandGrenades - 1/28 - Magic Stick -