I’ve discussed Sunday Guts a few times already. And, goddamnit, I’m doing it again. Mostly because a Sunday Guts record is generally a great listen. Cool Music is really more of the same. I mean that in terms of quality, not in style. The guitar pop from the earlier releases is still here in force, but it’s getting colored by other things too.
Immediately there is a presence of a new wave influence. Certainly on “Get Out Of Town,” but definitely on “Wish It All Away.” It’s a sound not totally unexpected, especially after listening to the Wet Salvos EP. There are different touches that make it stand out over the rest of their catalog. It works really well. Billy Kilgannon has a very distinct voice, but it lacks a lot of range. That being said, the slightly new direction adds some great color to the songs.
There isn’t a lot I can say about Sunday Guts that I haven’t already said before. It’s just quality pop music from Lehigh Valley. Catchy guitars, nice vocal hooks, and this time around there is a new wave/power pop influence. You really can’t go wrong with that. If you haven’t already, go check it out.
Hey, let’s take a break for a minute. I’ve been talking about so many emo records recently. I need to cleanse my palate. That said, let’s talk about Sunday Guts. They’re back with a new EP called Leave It Go. It is some really good guitar pop, and I feel like we could all use some of that.
Leave It Go is the follow up to last year’s Grey Tipi (which I looked at last September). Like it’s predecessor, it is four songs of hooky guitar pop. While “guitar pop” sounds like an easy enough classification, Sunday Guts seem to draw from various parts of the genres long history. There’s some Guided By Voices and Sebadoh in there. But there is also some British Invasion era stuff too (to my ears anyway). To the latter, I hear a fair amount of The Zombies and The Hollies.
Musically, the guitar is the star of the show. The riffs are catchy as all get out, but aren’t exclusively basic chord progressions. The songs keep your attention. The vocals are also noteworthy. The lead has some effects happening. They have a bit of fuzz and distortion. It sounds good. The backing vocals shine. Overall, it is kind of a lo-fi affair. Everything is clear, but remains far from over produced. It’s shiny without being slick.
As a two man band, Billy Kilgannon (Vocals/Guitar/Programming) and Victor Berger IV (Bass/Vocals/Keyboard) have produced some great work here. It is a natural progression from their prior EP. It is really great release, and really worth a listen
Is there something in the water in Lehigh Valley? Seems like I keep hearing about bands from that region, man. Sunday Guts are a two-piece band hailing from Bethlehem, PA. For their debut EP, the band has made a great introduction for themselves. Grey Tipi is 12 minutes of great indie rock (of the jangle pop persuasion),
Billy Kilgannon and Victor Berger IV have made a very cohesive record that can really appeal to anyone. Indie rock fans who are stoked on Guided By Voices can enjoy this (as it shares a similar aesthetic), but kids who are into guitar driven pop music can also get down with it.
Overall, Sunday Guts have produced a great EP chocked full of great hooks and catchy riffs. It is a fun listen if nothing else. I hope they can follow through with plans to make a full length, because any addition music by these guys would be great. They have posted this up for free download over at BandCamp through November 1st. You have nothing to lose, get into these guys now. Make sure to check out “Sunday Guts’ Halloween Song.” That song is totally killing it.
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