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Thank God For Astronauts

"Take it Tough" 7"

Best Friends Records

Genres: wimp rock, indie pop, indie rock

Best Friends
PO Box 48214
Denver CO 80204 

Nov 17 - 23 2003

New from Best Friends Records, the "wimp rock" label, is this juicy seven inch vinyl slab of indie pop.  Two songs in the carefree, rockin' tradition are presented here in all their glory.

The first tune is "Take it Tough," a short, infectious ditty with your standard verse/chorus format.  Nothing special - but why do I like it so much?  Could it be that undeniably tantalizing Joe Jackson-meets-rock music sound?  Yes.  There isn't anything more simplistically listenable than catchy melodies coupled with a clean, good-hearted sound.

If the first song takes it tough, then "Seismic Waves" takes it even tougher.  More "rock" than its recordmate, this tune is pop music fitted for the noise rock generation - influenced just as much by Sebadoh and Archers of Loaf than by the indie pop scene.  It's a brief tune, not as joyously melodic as the first, but it's still good fun.

Overall, this is a juicy wimp rock record that's definitely worth a listen.  Who doesn't love this type of stuff?


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 2 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]