Dead Broke (2012)
I've had this 7" kicking around for quite awhile. The fine folks at Dead Broke had tossed it in with an order I had placed with them at some point. I couldn't tell you exactly what I had ordered in that package, but it's always nice to get a little bonus. For one reason or another, I just didn't get around to listening to this split 7" until very recently. It's about time that I did.
First up we have Make It Plain. I'm very impressed by the two songs that they contribute to this split. Make It Plain has a really distinct Silver Scooter, but with female vocals vibe to them. The first of the two songs, "Fresh Start" is the more upbeat and catchier of the two. It's definitely the one I prefer. "ICU" is no slouch either. It's not as fast and more deliberate, but despite its slower pace the song has strong energy and, to me, kind of veers into Boys Life like territory a bit at the end.
The other half of this record is a band called Deep Pockets. As much as I dig Make It Plain, Deep Pockets is the real star of this 7". On "Cyclone Cellar" Deep Pockets blast through with fuzzy guitars and a singer that really has a Lou Barlow type delivery. This is real Bakesale era Sebadoh style rock in the best possible way. "I Like To Have Dinner Every Night" is a little weirder. The guitars are more muted and the vocals are pretty much just spoken. The lyrics are someone odd talking about things like going to Ikea and getting into a fight with Randy Savage. I don't know if I love it, but it's interesting if nothing else. Still, "Cyclone Cellar" is so damn good I am absolutely going to dig up some more info about these guys.
Make It Plain / Deep Pockets - Split 7":