This band is so uncool that I almost don't want to like them. Their lead singer, James Dallas Smith, stars on Omni-TV's Metropia. Their press release proudly announces they've secured corporate sponsorship with shoe company Pony. And everyone in the group looks like the guys who graduated from high school five years ago but hang out in the school parking lot trying to date the girls in grade 9. Yet this six-song EP has an irresistibly beautiful Tragically Hip, Can-rock feel. Their earnest lyrics and attentive guitar playing suck you in no matter how many times you look at the terrible cover art. The songs are solid alternative rock on a par with anything the Trews or Constantines are dishing out.
The Free Press play the Horseshoe Wednesday (August 24).