Here are two words I never thought I’d apply to a Nick Ferrio record: cool and bangin’. A far cry from his trad-country debut Introducing Nick Ferrio & His Feelings or the emotional folk-pop of Amongst the Coyotes & Birdsongs, Ferrio has whittled his band to a core of Sean Conway on bass and Brandon Munro on drums, and formed a tight little power-pop and indie rock trio.
It’s a record that’s heavy on the groove, heavy on the distortion, heavy on the fun. The songs at times hint of psychedelia, in the washed-out guitars and strange lyrics of “Squeeze the Breeze.” Elsewhere, on “That’s Not How I Remember It,” Ferrio channels his old band the Burning Hell with a wry, stream-of-conscious, and darkly honest look at life in the music business. And by the time “Everyone Talks” comes around, Ferrio goes full Weezer in his catchy, happy pop hooks.
This is a cool, bangin’ record.
Nick Ferrio’s Soothsayer is available for pre-order on Bandcamp.
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