Tour Van / Different Kitchen / Emily (2017)
Looking for a record to fill out your top ten albums of the year? Look no further than True Places Never Are. I picked this up after reading a positive review of it in Razorcake and I have been playing it on a nonstop loop ever since. Remnants are one of the best discoveries I've made all year. While as a whole, I have been thinking that 2017 has been a little lackluster for great albums, Remnants pretty much kills that argument with ten amazing songs.
The comparison that made me check this out was to Superchunk. While I do hear the influence, particularly in the vocals, the band that they remind me of the most is that old 90's band Walker. Just fantastically catchy, hook filled punk rock straight out of the RIYL Lookout records bin.
Things start off slow with opener "Bummer." It's the very definition of an opening album track; short and kind of slow - but bristling with energy just below the surface. By the time the opening riff of "Less Irony" kicks in, the album just explodes to life and never looks back. Incredible song after incredible song follow and I freaking love this record.
True Places Never Are is absolutely one of the best records I've heard all year. I'd say easily top five, though I haven't started laying out this year's releases yet. I think this could really end up under the radar for some, so don't miss out on it. This truely is an incredible record.
Remnants - True Places Never Are LP: