Top Drawer (2019)
This 7" is really great. I have to be honest that when I heard that Lisa Marr (from Cub) was getting together with The Tranzmitors to release a 7" of primarily cover songs, I though it sounded neat, but not particularly necessary. Since two of the covers are Cub songs, I wasn't really sure what a rerecording could add to the musical canon as the originals are already out there existing on their own quite nicely. Well, I was wrong. This 7" is so much fun on every level.
First up is "In The Summer," originally by the Fastbacks, a band I was embarrassingly late to the party on. This version of the song by Lisa & Co. is pretty faithful to the original with the same sort of bouncy rhythms and dynamic guitar work. While it's not a reimagining of the original, it succeeds based on the sheer joy that comes through on this recording. You can tell that everyone involved loves this song.
Next up are two Cub songs; "Magic 8 Ball" and "Pretty Pictures." These two interpretations are much more different than the originals than "In The Summer" is. Both have a little more fuzz and distortion on the guitars and maybe just a pinch more volume than you may be used to. In particular the new dueling vocals on "Magic 8 Ball" are excellent and worth the price of admission all on their own. Wrapping things up is a new composition called "Salvation." If this is a hint of what could come of a longer term collaboration between Lisa Marr and The Tranzmitors, all I can say is someone really needs to book that studio time right now.
Lisa Marr with the Tranzmitors - In The Summer 7":