steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Hoover's G-String

"Elephant Parts" CD

Red Tide Records

Genres: indie pop, indie rock

Aug 8 - 14s 2005

Warm Autumn afternoons hanging out with friends - that's my best shot at summarizing Hoover's G-String's sound, which is nothing more than fun, poppy indie rock. Superchunk and Archers of Loaf both are evident in the sound, but the music is considerably more radio-friendly (a few of these tunes have even been picked up for use in MTV programs.) Once you get over the knee-slappingly hilarious album title (it took me ten minutes), you'll be able to appreciate a nice collection of twelve tunes. Don't expect anything particularly unusual, just relatively straightforward melodic rock. No songs really stick out to me, as they all carry a pretty consistent Superchunk vibe, though the opening title-track and "Sinking" are good choices for top tracks. A cover of Bruce Spingsteen's "I'm on Fire" rounds out the disc. Straightforward as it is, Elephant Parts is a fine album. Check it out.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]