Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Shallow Cuts - Empty Beach Town LP


No Idea (2016)

I have to admit, I was pretty excited to receive this album to review.  I have an older 7" by the band that I really like, so it was nice to finally be able to check out the band's debut full length.  Shallow Cuts is one of those bands that's not quite a band all the time.  The members live in different parts of the country and only get together a few times a year to work on music.  It kind of sounds like the same situation as the drummer I play with.  Except he lives in the same area as the rest of us but still only bothers to show up a couple of times a year.

Anyway, back to the matter at hand.  Empty Beach Town is a really strong release from Shallow Cuts.  The album has that feel of older punk rockers that are starting to slow things down a little bit.  They're taking a bit more time constructing their songs and building their hooks.  They're starting to let some rootsy Tom Petty and Springsteen influences subtly creep into their songs.  

In many ways I feel like this a record aimed square at my demographic; someone in their late thirties or early forties with a lot of Leatherface records in their collection.  Let's be honest, that is my demographic to a T.  And while I certainly wouldn't mind if Shallow Cuts had a little more of a bite to some of their songs, this is still a pretty great record and a really great listen when you're crashed out on the couch on a Sunday afternoon drinking a root beer.

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