GAY release Talking Points Friday (May 4) as part of Feast In The East at Dickens Street Theatre. See listing. Rating: NNNN
After releasing a couple of well-received split 7-inches on Pleasence Records over the past two years, local oddball jangle-pop outfit Gay finally have a full-length. As their name suggests, they take an exuberant, carefree approach to their music: arty indie rock peppered with tongue-in-cheek lyrics, group-shout choruses and a charmingly loose lo-fi production style.
The result is a fun and unpredictable romp that incorporates varied influences. Shotgun Harry morphs from an Elton John piano ballad into an upbeat disco stomp, while Lisa channels the cutesy urban folk of UK indie heroes Hefner. Take Me Home is a roots-inspired acoustic-and-banjo anthem, while Don't Leave Me Hangin', Olga pairs horns with crunchy power chords. They're most epic and catchy, however, on weird, wistful closer Asbestos.
Top track: Asbestos