THE BARMITZVAH BROTHERS Mr. Bones' Walk-In Closet (weewerk) Rating: NNN
Anyone pining for the days when Liz Phair dazzled as a caustic indie rock storyteller with a deadpan, gravelly monotone should leap on the weewerk debut by these Guelph thrift-store pop kidlets. Singer Jenny Mitchell relates twisted, naively affected anecdotes in a charming, toneless lilt that recalls Guyville-era Phair, over tin-can percussion, plunking bass lines, carnivalesque melodica, vintage organ blurts and some lovely string sections that sound like they came from a Suzuki class. It's delightfully whimsical, as lo-fi indie as they come. Plus, there are wonderful nuggets for anyone immersed in the local music scene, like tracks in tribute to music scribe and Neutron Star Michael Barclay and everyone's favourite promoter/lunatic, Dan Burke. You need to hear it. The Barmitzvah Brothers are joined by controller.controller and the Great Lake Swimmers at the Rivoli tonight (Thursday, November 13).