Motorcycle Potluck (2018)
I believe this is the very last cassette that I have that hasn't been reviewed yet. It's certainly possible that I misplaced a some others that were sent in to be written about, but I'm pretty sure this is it. I really made a concerted effort to finally get through them all, so I'm glad the pile is no longer sitting there, taunting me.
This final tape is a compilation sent over by Motorcycle Potluck. It's a batch of bands from the Denver Area and beyond, though the bulk are certainly flying under the radar for the most part. There a few bands I already know. I recently reviewed Seagulls and their contribution is another Iron Chic meets OWTH burner. Bud Bronson & The Good Timers have song that has a lot of 80s sounding guitar riffage, so that would fit on their LP pretty seemlessly. Spells check in with "Run Away," a track that seems a little darker than most of their other output. It's still pretty catchy though, particularly when the shorus kicks in.
My favorite song on this comp is by Jack's Smirking Revenge, a band I wrote about recently under the name JSR. I guess that's what JSR stands for. Their song "Queen Pity of the Plains" is a slice of tight pop punk a la Zoinks, with vocals that sound like a cross between The Weakerthans and American Steel. They still have that Karl Hendricks style storytelling in tow and I've just been really impressed with everything I've heard so far.
This is a $2 tape. It's totally worth the two bucks as there are quite a few gems in the bunch. Worth checking it out, even if you hate cassettes.
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