“I never wanted to get you down or start you up.”
No qualms, and no arguments: the Damnwells are my favorite band. The past month of so has consisted of me not only listening – and loving- but reeling with the fact that I couldn’t share this with you all. Now, I can. Air Stereo came out yesterday, and quite a pleasant little surprise it is. While Bastards of the Beat tended to root itself in all things Americana, Air Stereo is undoubtedly more pop-oriented. At first, I was a bit wary. Bastards… was the reason I fell completely in love with this band, and any deviation from their strong suit seemed to me a little unsettling. After hearing some of the tracks live a couple of times, I knew there was more in store for me. The disc opens with “power” ballad “I’ve Got You”, and leaves in it’s wake a couple of tracks that, honestly, have a hard time measuring up to the rest of the album’s good repute. All complaint(s) totally and completely end there. This band’s talent is effortless, they’re a great group of completely first-class musicians. The way that they can ceaselessly roll from tracks like “I’ve Got You” and “Golden Days” into songs like the heart-wrenching “Heartbreaklist” and extended jam “God Bless America” always leaves me singing their praises. Air Stereo should absolutely be a part of your collection. Jump on board before all your hipster friends start blowing about it.