Stab the Unstoppable Hero

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In a broad sense, Arlo is just your run-of-the-mill, can’t-stop-singing-these-songs, retro pop band. Retro pop in the Cheap Trick chunky guitar way no less, trafficking in a sound which has been revisited many times through the years. Let’s just say that big booming riffs, vocal harmonies, and the ability to find yet another twist to a slight handful of chords all figure heavily in Arlo. The title track is a slithery combination of sing-song verse and gigantic wall of chorus, a clever bit about our unstoppable hero, Stab, who shudders at the sound of a telephone. “Silkworm” is another track that makes good use of the eternal tussle between clean chiming guitar and fuzzed gutter rumble, with vocal hooks aplenty. Arlo have definitely got something powerful brewing here, and it sounds like this is just the beginning.

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