VARSITY is one of the rare bands that can authentically inhabit the creative airspace of a bygone era while remaining firmly ensconced in the present tense. Take a spin through the Chicago quintet’s 2013 debut 7-inch, last year’s Thanks for Nothing EP, and its recent eponymous minialbum and you’ll swear you’re listening to the lost tracks from some Manchester or Stockholm Garage Pop band from the ’80s. At the same time, VARSITY toys with the ideas of melody and dissonance or, in the case of “Hairpool” from its latest album, even switches genres in the middle of the song. Anachronistic and contemporary, VARSITY is compelling and brilliantly enigmatic.
You'll Dig It If You Dig: Best Coast covers the imaginary songs of a Garage Pop band that existed only in the dreams of The Free Design. (BB)