Snappy Little Numbers (2018)
I have to say that I was completely taken aback by Great American House Fire when I put this record on the turntable. I've come to expect plenty of great things from Snappy Little Numbers over the years, though in general, their releases have a pretty strong pop lean that is right up my alley. So I was quite surprised at how soulful this Great American House Fire EP is.
Musically, they seem to have one foot in the Jawbox school of punk rock witch crunchy guitar sounds and a penchant for start/stop riffs. But the vocals layered on top of this are more in line with bands like The Ballantynes or something out of the 70s Stax catalog. All I can say is it's just a warm, soul drenched delivery that is in pretty stark contrast to the music, but somehow works better than you'd think just reading that description.
On paper, I don't think this should work. But when the record is actually playing and the songs are coming out of the speakers, it seems like this sort of pairing absolutely goes together. Oh, this is also a really cool one sided 12" with a screen print on the B side. So, it's sharp looking to boot.
Great American House Fire - Promise Me Endings 12":