The fourth indie album for Goderich's the Ashgrove, 1000 Summers has elements of psychedelia, Britpop and some early U2 and Radiohead, but it's mostly straight-ahead soft rock tied together by short musical interludes. There's not tons of variety here, though things occasionally pick up, as on the 80s-tinged Without You. And since the songs and interludes blend together, it can be difficult to tell one track from another. If the record were cut down to four or eight minutes, it'd make a couple of lovely songs about the lazy, hazy days of summer. These are talented boys. They just need to spend some summers in more interesting places. The Ashgrove play tonight (Thursday, September 16) at Lee's Palace and Friday (September 17) at B-Side.