Too Smell (2016)
A few months ago, I wrote about the Summerman album Temperature Is... In case you missed that review, let me save you some time and tell you to stop reading this review and go try to buy that album. It is tremendously great. That being said, the reason I bought that album was because of this cassette. At the PopKid/Waterslide show at What's Up in Tokyo, several of the members of Summerman were at the show and this tape was given to me there. So let me start off by saying thank you again for the tape.
Live At Kichijoji Warp is exactly what it says, a live recording of eight Summerman songs. Most of them are from the Temperature Is... album, but they've got a couple of new songs that are exclusive to this tape (mysteriously labels as "New Song 1" and "New Song 2"). I already know and love the album tracks with "Winter Bargain" and "Summer! Summer! Summer!" being real standouts. The two new songs are also quite excellent. "New Song 1" is upbeat and jangly with squalls of guitar feedback piercing through the verse and a hugely triumphant chorus. "New Song 2" is slightly more low key, but its bouncy guitar riffs and another spectacular chorus make it one of my favorites on the tape.
Now, any live show recording is going to have some fidelity issues, this doesn't sound like a studio album or anything. But, it shows a glimpse of a great pop band plying their wares live. I worry that I'll never get the chance to see them play live, so this cassette is the next best thing. The sneak peak at a couple new songs just makes me even more excited to hear more music from these guys. Hopefully there's a new record coming soon. I've already heard rumors of a cover song that they're working on that has me quite intrigued.
Summerman - Live At Kichijoji Warp 16/9/16 (Fri):