Jeff Two Names:Greatest Hits Vol. XII.3B
What's better than dad punk? Savannah's very best semi-pro punk rockers return with a jam-packed album of fast-paced fun.
The great thing about Jeff Two Names is that they write songs about literally whatever they feel like writing about. On the one hand, you’ve got songs like “Sydney’s Got A Brother,” “Sydney Doesn’t Like Our Shoes,” and “The Return Of Petee” all take a swipe at a longtime rival of the band, but you never feel like you need to personally know the titular character to connect with them (though it certainly doesn’t hurt).
Comedic feuds aside, the band pretty much hits things out of the park on this record. Searing guitars, high-voltage drums and faithfully-punk rock vocal delivery make this a wholly entertaining collection.
There’s not a slow song in the bunch, but you don’t feel fatigued at all by the end. These guys are so much more than a dad band, but the dad-ness undoubtedly abounds anyway. If you want equal parts humor, sarcasm, and hooks, look no further.
Bero Bero: Dance
Bero Bero has explored so much of the world of synths over the last few years, with consistently stellar results. All of those years seem to culminate spectacularly on Dance, their latest EP.
There’s a theme here, if you haven’t already guessed it—they’re playing dance music. A song like “Miami” wouldn’t be unwelcome in a club in its titular city in the mid-80s, at the peak of the synth-pop boom.
And the unbelievable “Piece of Hurt” is as much Depeche Mode as it is Grace Jones (with a groove that just won’t quit). Those hi-hat swipes, though!
“Don’t Tell Me” is a shining example of how this EP goes beyond just nodding to the great synth music that has come before. It has its roots, undoubtedly, but there’s something so uniquely Bero Bero about it.
Veronica Garcia-Melendez’s incredible ear for melody and David Murray’s percussive prowess are all over this project. It seems like a glimpse into what might be to come for Bero Bero. I certainly found myself wanting more dance music from this inventive duo.
Clouds & Satellites: EP4
Layers of harmony and percussion, clever left turns, and unique songcraft are all present on Clouds & Satellites' EP4. All of the signs shine on their own, but a song like "Svengali" is perhaps the perfect example of everything this band can do. It's key shifts and approach to phrasing wouldn't be out of place on a Jellyfish record, and the guitar work is insanely great.
The record has an organic feel to it sonically, but it’s not lacking in production value as a result. Four songs don’t feel like enough with this particular brand of rock music.
If you’re a Beatles fan, you’ll love it. If you’re a fan of the wave of 90s bands that mined Beatles records directly, you’ll love it even more.