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Album Review

Like fellow countrymen the Go-Betweens, Summer Cats offer up a delightfully infectious string of tunes on this EP. There are plenty of tight harmonies and summery melodies judging by the opening "Wild Rice," which brings to mind the bubbly, punchy sound of Peter Bjorn and John and Caesars among others. The same can be said for the solid "Hush Puppy" which contains a bit more bite and guitar work. Fans of Sloan circa "Underwhelmed" would also lap up the gorgeous, lo-fi but guitar-fueled "Super Computer" that also touches on some electronic influences. Rounding off the EP, another gem here is "Crocodile," a song that would have the likes of Teenage Fanclub green with envy. The only problem here is that the quantity is just five songs. But if it's quality that's the yardstick, this group does the trick.

Biography

Formed: Australia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Sounding every bit as warm, sweet, and cuddly as their name suggests, the Summer Cats formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 2006 and are comprised of ex-Earthmen frontman Scott Stevens along with Hugh, Irene, Julia, and Scott B. The band first made waves with "Hush Puppy," a jangly track rooted in acts like the Go-Betweens and, perhaps more noticeably, Cub. The Summer Cats made the song available online, where it generated quite a bit of critical hype, notably from the folks at Pitchfork. Thanks to...
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  • 4,95 €
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Pop/Rock
  • Released: 13 November 2007

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