On their debut full-length, the young Toronto rock trio have managed to write an album's worth of perfectly acceptable if slightly dull and predictable rock tunes that echo the Weakerthans in terms of melody and structure, but with far less dynamics. If the only thing that mattered were earnestness, the band would win an A for effort. Singer Kiyomi McCloskey warbles with so much unnecessary melodrama that she occasionally veers toward Nickelback/Creed territory, while the rest of the band sound like they're going through the motions well enough without taking any real risks. Perfect for those who like their rock safe but not spectacular.
Hunter Valentine rock the Reverb Wednesday (April 4).