NY garage rocker Stephen Clair and his band thrive on the imperfections to generate a convincing lo-fi rock attack, and Clair’s well-mixed off-kilter voice, which can take a good bite out of the low end, is a good fit. Best tune is “Strange Perfume” which rides a catchy groove that could get any crowd in gear. We like the simple accents of slide guitar and percussive piano. The similar yet less infectious “What Got In Your Head” has a more stripped-down arrangement and a less effective vocal from Clair. With its ZZ Top blues-rock riff, “Digging My Ditch” conjures world-class dirty-ass tones from sax and guitar. Clair has got the sound down; now he needs to master the songwriting.
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Style: Garage Rock