Love Is The Only Weapon (independent)
This band of Montreal garage punks comes bearing fist-pumping rock anthems that beg to be the soundtrack to your summer road trip. The quartet has an affinity for 70s pop rock, evidenced by the ripping guitar solos (Dog In My Pocket) and the epic, Thin Lizzyesque Look Out Below.
This Jonathan Cummins-produced (Treble Charger, Starvin Hungry, Tricky Woo) debut packs plenty of punchy guitar riffs, but Sébastien Marin’s generic-sounding vocals could have used some work. Still, songs like strong opener Fat Black Heart and catchy closer Dog In My Pocket might convince you to check out their sweaty, take-no-prisoners live show.
Top track: Dog In My Pocket
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