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Saturn Batteries (Cincinnati)
Saturn Batteries isn’t trying to fool anyone. You won’t find any production tricks or gimmicks on the band’s Real Far East EP, released earlier this year. The band hits the listener with a clean sound, reminiscent of Abbey Road-era Beatles, and traditional song structures. Brad Gibson’s voice cuts right through the mix, boasting one winning melody after another. Perhaps the band does have a trick up its sleeve though: the ability to sound at once catchy and somber. Not so easy to do. It’s like the great, lost Smithereens record.
YDIIYD: Dr. Dog, Beatles solo albums, Matthew Sweet. (BW)