Cathedral Square Park
Rainbow Quartz International
The Lackloves feature smooth vocal style and late ’60s power pop arrangements that make you think “I’ve heard this somewhere.” You have — there are echoes of Jerry and The Pacemakers, Jan and Dean, The Rascals, and The Raspberries on this disc, but The Lackloves are no cover band. They adapt the riffs of the golden age of pop rock to the sensibilities of today’s pop and punch them up with original compositions featuring layered arrangements and clear harmonies. It’s about time someone re-explored the lost continent of power pop.
The opening cut, “On May Way,” sets the pace — Mike Jarvis’s vocals slide right over his crisp guitar chords and send you back to the era when your folks still had trouble with their voices changing. I can’t remember a single word from that song, but that’s part of the style — voice is just another instrument that supports the melody and is no more or less important than the bass or drum. “Marlena” puts some Buddy Holly roots rock under a classic “Do you really love that guy?” lament. The band’s sex life picks up on the next cut with a Beach Boys-inspired “Another Kind of Girl.” It sure sounds like she’s THAT kind, alright. Love is in the air.
The Lackloves find a sound and a style that magically picks a new path through a land that we thought barren for decades. You could slip these guys into an A.M. Oldies line-up, or into the hippest pirate in town and the result is the same — people will call in asking “Who IS that?” Your personal cool factor will notch up when you have the answer.