Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Tripwires - Makes You Look Around - 2007

The Tripwires are a Seattle semi-supergroup; drummer Mark Pickerel was a member of the Screaming Trees, bassist Jim Sangster played with the Young Fresh Fellows, guitarist and singer John Ramberg also works with the Minus Five, and guitarist Johnny Sangster has served as a producer, engineer, and studio player for the likes of Mudhoney, the Supersuckers, and the Posies. But if you're expecting the Tripwires' debut album, Makes You Look Around, to sound like some sort of Pacific Northwest Super Session, you'll probably be a bit disappointed, though not for long — this is a first-rate example of smart pop, loaded with killer hooks, cool melodies, and concise guitar interplay. Ramberg wrote the songs on Makes You Look Around (except for a stripped-down cover of Chuck Berry's "Tulane"), and while one can hear faint echoes of the influence of the Young Fresh Fellows in his flashes of off-kilter wit, for the most part his tunes deliver plenty of no-nonsense rock & roll that moves with a sure, insistent feel and a spunk that's part Merseybeat, part New Wave, Skinny Tie Division (though there's a vague twangy undertow to "Lessonpony" and "Sold Yer Guitar Blues," while "Big Electric Light" reveals an unexpected psychedelic influence). Scott McCaughey contributes guest vocals to several songs on this album, but he doesn't steal the show away from the band, which sounds solid and enthusiastic throughout while making the most of Ramberg's fine songs; hopefully, these guys can take time out of their respective schedules and cut another album like this some fine day. -AMG

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Anonymous said...

No links anymore? That sucks.

YankeeBoy said...

I think you did not set up the links correctly.

Curty Ray said...

Links are repaired, Enjoy!!

jim said...

Hi, if you're going to be posting my small label's releases here (of which I go further into debt each year on credit cards to fund putting it out), could you at least put a direct link to my website, www.paisleypop.com so people can buy them from me directly if they're inclined. It's the only way I can make money to keep the venture afloat. Bruce is good about paying me, but so he can make a profit, I have to sell CDs to him only slightly above my cost of manufacturing.

(did I mention the website?)


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