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Outtacontroller- Sure Thing LP (Import)

Outtacontroller- Sure Thing LP (Import)
Outtacontroller- Sure Thing LP (Import)
Band/Title: Outtacontroller
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Price: $20.49
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 I’ve always been a fan of Alien Snatch Records. They consistently put out not just stuff that I like, but quality stuff. This one is no exception. I suppose I’d call this power pop, but it’s more than that. It’s catchy for sure, but it’s also got a fair amount of distortion that gives it some meat. I also find that vocals (and harmonies) give it a certain texture that elevates it above just being another decent power pop record. As I finish up listening to it, I’m struck that it’s a good record the first time through, but it’s also a certainty for me that it’ll just get better and better as I listen to it again. This is worth looking for. (KK, Maximum RocknRoll)

I've said this more than once, but Canada is proving the place to be for Melodic Guitar Pop lately and another example are the Halifax, Nova Scotia Quartet, Outtacontroller. It isn't that there is any reinventing of the wheel here, the band are just great at what they do. Sure is the Album Number Three and continues the Fuzz adventure. Coming out somewhere between The Ramones and early Cheap Trick, the call and response count is high. Although I hear a lot of The Stems and The Nerves, the band remind me a lot of The Speedways. The band get even better when they get even looser, particularly on the Chinn And Chapman vibe of You For You which has a great guitar solo diversion, proving that these fellows can play. There will also be comparisons to The Replacements, but isn't there always? Don't Need It is another song that has Glam Rock, Glitter Band overtones, but generally the aim is heads down, singalong joy. There is also a killer single in Glassy Eyes. 10 songs in 22 minutes. Say what you want to say and get off! Wonderful stuff! (Green Noise Records)

Outtacontroller has been around so long that it's kind of hard to believe that its new album Sure Thing is only its third full-length. The Halifax, Nova Scotia foursome was at the center of an incredible wave of Canadian-based powerpop/punk bands in the early 2010s. And while the band has customarily gone several years between albums, it has never really stopped being the quintessential buzz-saw punk/pop group. Longtime mainstays of the illustrious P. Trash Records (RIP), Outtacontroller have now turned up where almost every great powerpop/punk band eventually lands: Alien Snatch Records! Sure Thing does not mess with a winning formula. It sticks to Outtacontroller's signature style of power pop meets garage punk meets the almighty Ramones. The band delivers ten tracks of thumping punk pop that ought to be cranked loud in the car en route to a night of fun times. Sure Thing offers up a solid mix of Ramones-inspired punk tunes ("Glassy Eyes", "You For You"), powerful pop numbers ("Too Soon", "Operator"), and big hooky rockers ("Don't Need It") to get your head bobbing and your toes tapping. Singer/guitarists Terry A'hearn and James O'Toole handled the production themselves, and the record sounds absolutely great. Of course I'm a huge fan of this musical style, and Outtacontroller have put on a clinic on how to pull it off. Sometimes you don't need a band to reinvent the wheel. If you like good, simple punk tunes executed with energy and enthusiasm, you will be inclined to say that this is an album that very much lives up to its title.(Josh Rutlegde, Faster And Louder)

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