Minneapolis-based trio RABBIT HOLES dropped It’s Not Alright at the end of 2013 and we just caught an earful. Big Action Records brings us two tracks of their ecstatic garage pop, coming on black vinyl housed in 3-color hand-screened sleeves.
These guys come barging out in a big way with this gem. These two tracks are loaded with caffeinated guitar hooks and anthemic vocals, forging their own bold and energetic take on melodic garage pop. The songs are clean and polished but they’re not buried in noise either, making them fall somewhere in the mid-fi range as they pummel us hook after hook. Reverberating vocals sound slightly echoed, backed by colorful waves of melodic guitars and punchy rhythms. “It’s Not Alright” is an expansive track in it’s own right, beginning as a punk-inflected stomper before it begins to grow in size. Guitars swell with a sweeping haze as they begin to chant over the crashing drums, wrapping up only one side of this fabulous slice of wax. “I Ain’t Coming Back Tonight” keeps the heavy hits flowing, decorated with catchy vocal hooks that stick to you like glue – “Right beside my bedroom/ wondering who’s there with you. Lookin’ out my window/ wishin’ I could be there too.” Guitars are led by a ferocious buzz, culminating with high-voltage soloing that has a blunt, surfy tone.
We caught on to this one just a little too late. And we’re sure you’re not going to want to miss out either! Go snag the 7″ right now!
My Rating: SS
Genre/ Tags: Pop, Garage Rock, Punk
It’s Not Alright 7″: Tracklist:
1.) It’s Not Alright
2.) I Ain’t Coming Back Tonight