What a treat the latest Impossible Hair LP, Toast A Dozen
On The Outside, is. While they have been likened to older rock
acts like The Cars and Pixies, a more modern comparison
could be made to one of my personal favorites, The Strokes.
So, yes, maybe I am a little biased because Impossible Hair naturally
has my kind of sound.
The album starts off strong with "You Can Own," a lively
upbeat track that instantly recalls what is so likable about this
genre: an infectious dance-y beat, wailing guitar leads, and charming
vocals. The next track, "White Knuckle Flyer" reminded me
of retro pop rock, or the modern equivalents like Rooney or
Impossible Hair keeps it short and sweet, most of the tracks averaging
2 minutes in length. Based on the raw, energetic sound my guess is
this is a band you want to see live. The album barrels along, with
songs like "Kissed By A Fish" amping up the intensity. The
Pixies influence is palpable, especially in the vocals, in the dreamy
yet stark "The Man From Buzzard Rock."
Overall this album is solid. There's no deadweight in the band and
every aspect from drums to voice forms a cohesive sound. I hope Impossible
Hair comes to Austin so I can check out their live act. If it's as
good as Toast..., I'm sure it will be a blast.
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