Left & Right
Left & Right began as a half-assed college band in Charlottesville, Va. Guitarists/vocalists Phil Dameron and Daniel Merchant formed L&R in the wake of their previous band’s demise, adding Andrew Abbott because of his renowned bass skills. Zak Krone grossly misrepresented his drumming ability (he had none to speak of) to gain band membership. The quartet relocated to Philadelphia, scored coffee/ice cream parlour dayjobs and got serious about the music, recording a pair of cool releases — 2013’s 93 EP and 2014’s “Work for Free” single — before signing with Infinity Cat for a full-length debut, the gloriously racketed Five Year Plan. Left & Right deftly combines cleverly disenfranchised lyrics and a soundtrack that veers between pogo Punk energy and melodic Pop melancholy, all while making you feel good about feeling bad.
YOU’LL DIG IT IF YOU DIG: Weezer, Superchunk and Archers of Loaf arm-wrestle for first pick of songs on a Nirvana tribute. (BB)