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Garland Buckeye

"On Burgin Hill" CD

Jet Glue Records

Genres: indie rock, rock

July 18 - 24 2005

Lexington, Kentucky's Garland Buckeye (named after a 1920s pro baseball pitcher and football guard) is your average fun-and-free rock band. There is a lot of Dinosaur Jr. and Cracker in the band's sound, though I don't find their songs as instantly catchy as their predecessors'. Regardless, though, I really enjoy the energy displayed on this disc; at a decent volume, these tunes really can rock. "Underdrawn" and "Metal Teeth" are perfect examples of the Garland Buckeye style - catchy riffs, memorable vocals, and a really powerful mood. In addition to rock, there are definitely some punk and even Americana influences here (what else to expect; they're from Kentucky!) Some of the disc's tracks change things up a bit; the brooding "Strays" is strangely spasmodic and irregular, while the title-track is a calmer pop number. Despite its quality, there isn't really that much to say about On Burgin Hill; if you like music that rocks, give Garland Buckeye a shot.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 14 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2005]