July 30, 2009

The Sunsets Quick
The Sunsets Quick

Boston, MA
Mixed and mastered by Mike Bourque at Milk Lightning Studios

Ripe with creativity and head-bopping melodies, this upbeat quartet, consisting of Matt Roselli on lead vocals and guitar, Chase Livingston on lead guitar and vocals, Ashton Jones on bass guitar and vocals and Liz Maynes-Aminzade on drums, do a stellar job of pumping out instrumentation that is just as seductive as Roselli’s lyrical self-deprecation, as found on the song “Deaf Dumb”: “And if I’m running out of things to say/I guess I’m just another bill you have to pay.” Despite acknowledging his innate inconvenience, Roselli’s vocal stylings fluctuate on the track, going from 0 to 100 in about five seconds.

Comparatively speaking, to get a sense of the band’s sound, think of a stripped-down Bright Eyes singing about relationships minus the melodrama. On this self-titled debut record, The Sunsets Quick personify that all too interchangeable adjective known as rock.

While the band does a good job trying to encompass their influences into their sound (Pavement, Weezer, Built to Spill), they still manage to be a breath of fresh air. Every song on the album seems like a fail-safe, which can be a little disheartening for the more imaginative listener. It doesn’t take away from the coziness of their sound, however, which appropriately peaks on the last track, “Sorry,” which is full of melodic guitar, smooth vocals and whistling.

The Sunsets Quick is a perfect addition to any indie kid’s collection who is desperate to keep their finger on the pulse of Boston’s ever-evolving music scene.
-Candace McDuffie


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