Drunken Sailor / Rad Girlfriend (2015)
Drunken Sailor threw in this Fur Coats 7" with the most recent order I had placed with them. I encourage more labels to do this. If you don't send me records to review because I already buy a lot from your label, cool. I'm happy to give my money to support your stuff. But if you wanted to toss in things that I'm not already buying, even cooler. I'll certainly get around to reviewing it at some point.
Anyway, from what I've read The Fur Coats are fronted by one of the dudes that runs Johann's Face records. Marc Ruvolo. It is also said that this fellow is a big fan of bands like Naked Raygun and The Smoking Popes. I can definitely see that. There's a simplistic charm to these three chord (at times only two chord) poppy punk songs. The guitar has that unmistakeable 1990's Chicago buzzsaw sound and the hooks are built up pretty nicely.
Vocally, things sound a little odd to me at times. Ruvolo sounds like a cross between the singers from Fear Of Lipstick, Toys That Kill and the guy who sung that old novelty song "Dead Puppies Aren't Much Fun." While I wouldn't say the vocals are bad or even detract from the songs, they'll definitely be an acquired taste for some as it took me a few listens before I everything clicked for me. All in all it's a solid little 7".
The Fur Coats - Short Brain 7"