steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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The Escargo-go's

Self-titled cassette EP

Popgun Recordings

Genres: lo-fi, indie pop

Popgun Recordings
c/o Shannon Burt
PO Box 7774
Riverside CA 92513

Aug 18 - 24 2003

The Escargo-Go's self-titled Popgun cassette is a fine taste of the band's lo-fi indie pop sound. For DIY pop lovers, this tape is sure to please. All these songs are catchy little ditties that offer nothing new but merely bask in their own infectiousness. The band has your average guitar/bass/drums/vocals set-up, but the addition of keyboards adds a little something to their pop blend.

The tape hits the right notes right off the bat with "An Empty Golf Course," which marries a bubbly verse with an absolutely terrific chorus that will be stuck in your head for days. "Singin' a Song" follows; it's a juicy number that characterizes the Popgun sound perfectly. The other three tunes range from quiet and introspective (the terrific "Hearts can be Repaired," the slightly too-long "You're a Racecar") to more upbeat and poppy ("Under the Sun"). It's all very nice music, and, unlike the norm, it doesn't get boring over multiple listens.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the label]