A horrible hack

American Culture

Pure American Gum

Year Released: 2014
Format: LP
Label: Jigsaw Records
Reviewed by MH on Feb 4, 2015
This is some fuzzed up, slacker and poppy indie rock from the desert west in the USA. You can tell they like a fair bit of 90s music like Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth (clear on the first half of "I Wanna Be Your Animal") and The Jesus & Mary Chain but it's also got a far poppier side to it buried under the fuzz. Lyrics are a little offbeat too and notable, in particular, on early highlight "Actual Alien". One thing that has put me off a little is that almost every track is ended on a fade-out. I'm not a huge fan of the old fade-out - it kind of gives the impression that the tracks are unfinished and stops the flow of the album. However, it's a minor gripe as this is a decent set of songs.

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