Remo Drive – Breathe In /Perfume 7′ Inch

Drawn to the cover and the simple fact that is the lone vinyl record amongst a sea of Cd’s, cassette tapes and shirts. I picked up a copy of Remo Drive to through a few extra bucks to one of the touring bands. “Here’s you two slices of pizza and a fountain drink” I thought as I dropped my Lincoln on the merch. table.

a0985612513_10Side A’s “Breathe In” is a real attention getter with its quirky guitar leads and shouted vocals. The song as a whole winds and twists its way too your heart. Punk rock with an emotional vibe that feels as Midwest as the band’s Minnesota routes. Side B’s “Perfume”, takes a more poppy approach to introduce itself. Though not overwhelming. There’s a bit of a Promise Ring feel to it. Overall, a good sampling of what Remo Drive have to offer. Each song having a different effect on me. While good, these two songs didn’t do much to solicit further listening. The record itself comes on [blue swirl vinyl.) Which for me personally, was a nice surprise. For more information on the band and any of their previous work. Check out the links below. JD

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The Courtesy Tier – Little Rock Single

COURTESYTIER-LITTLEROCK-400It’s been quite some time since I’ve had the chance to really catch up with Brooklyn’s eclectic and admirably eccentric The Courtesy Tier. So much so, that I barely recognized the the dynamic duo of Omer Leibovitz and Layton (aka DJ Laytronic) Weedman have, with the addition of bassist Alex Picca, become a trio.

As I gazed into the bands latest three song offering I was immediately returned to the elements that always endeared me to the band. Their smart mix of Blues Rock, distortion and eccentric guitar noise always rewarded my quest for something unique and uniquely off center. A gift that sets them apart from many of their contemporaries. Often causing me to scratch my head, wondering “Are you sure this is from Brooklyn?”

In regards to these three songs. The Courtesy Tier have definitely opened up their sound by moving on to become a trio. While “Little Rock” and “Green” maintain the groups haunting, yet uplifting vibe. It’s “Childish Blues” that really triumphs. Reaping the rewards of bring bassist Alex Picca on board. It’s funky, fuzzy and downright dirty. Well done. Well done, indeed. J.D.

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