Minor Chords and Major Themes
E Pluribus Unum
Pounding progressive pop. Everything’s hyper-clear, though it carries a rough jangle. Concocted with tradition, blessed with freshness. The instantly likable vocals are a silky blend of the popishness of the Posies and Jellyfish. Not that that’s a very far stretch, but Gigolo Aunts have pegged it.
This one’s aggressive and driven, but without a grudge or doomwish. “Everyone Can Fly.” These well-crafted songs sound like they could have been written by the kids of the guys who wrote songs for the Monkees. At times, they are a ’90s band playing ’80s pop with a retro ’70s sound. “Super Ultra Wicked Mega Love” brings out an even heavier 70s feel, thick with Badfinger and early Bowie.
Definitely a dozen solid inviting pop tunes, though it softens up in spots, remaining solid throughout. Are they an out of control Eric Matthews? A less fidgety Matthew Sweet? Siblings of Sweet? Did someone steal all of ELO’s keyboards? So what if it gets a little sticky now and then? Minor Chords and Major Themes is some thick fun, and I’ll need to keep it handy for a while.
E Pluribus Unum, 947 N. LaCienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069