Burrowss to Release Get Scary EP Tonight with a Show at 2720 Cherokee
When I reviewed Burrowss' debut last September, I found the collection to be an enjoyable but hodgepodge series of songs -- lots of promise with no direction or distinct personality. Don't Take It Slow touched on lo-fi pop, roots-rock, garage-pop and a host of other hyphenated-genre bastardizations. For the six-song Get Scary EP, the band sharpens its focus on hyper and poppy garage rock, with principals Matt Stuttler (guitar and organ) and Emily Keefauver (vocals and keyboard) settling into their roles.
By beefing up the lineup (Bryan Perry and Jesse Kornhardt now compose the rhythm section) and embarking on a regional tour with like-minded duo Bruiser Queen, Burrowss has forged itself into a seriously fun and seriously rocking quartet. That's a hard balance to get right.
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The tinny, Casio-borne drum intro of opening track "Teenage Wasteland" winks at the band's basement-pop beginnings but quickly shifts to Stuttler's fuzzy, sloppy riffs and the real-life drum fills of a kinetic Kornhardt. Any doubt of the band's rock cred is erased by the for-real guitar solo during the bridge. It's that kind of bait-and-switch that Burrowss is refining on these six songs.
Burrowss at Foam in December. Video courtesy of Stephen Houldsworth and Graham Matthews
The ba-ba-ba boogie of "Boy" is undercut by some ominous low-end synth squiggles and Keefauver's mantra: "I'm gonna kill for you." We've known that girl-group pop could be scary since the Shangri-Las, and it's nice to see it recast in this slightly more menacing light. Elsewhere, the quick-and-dirty spurts of scuzz-punk befit a release whose only physical iteration is on cassette (digital downloads exist as well). "I Wanna Get Drunk" has a title that speaks for itself, while "Runnin'" and Talkin'" are mirror images of each other, though Keefauver shows her range on the latter.