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Impossible Hair
Toast A Dozen On The Outside
(self-released)
www.impossiblehair.com


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 Arlo.

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.

-Kelsey Rodgers

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