The Small Change, Glad Girls, and The Riffbrokers will be among bands playing one to two Kinks songs for a tribute night at the Sunset Tavern Fri. July 30th. Proceeds will benefit MuisiCares. MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
The Riffbrokers would sound perfect on vinyl. They remind me of a band whose LP I'd pick up on a stop in a record shop - intrigued by their name and a couple song titles, never having heard them before. I'd bring The Riffbrokers home and listen alone on a rainy day - utterly blown away. Then I'd become slightly obsessed with the band for a couple months, telling all my friends about The Riffbrokers, and the band's sound combination of Creedence Clearwater Revival and REM, but with a singer who sounds like a more subdued Elvis Costello. When my friends would rebuff my offers to play them the record, I'd decide that this music wasn't meant for them anyway. I'd be happy to keep it my secret.
[The New Frontier Lounge, with The Lund Bros, Jones Family Fortune, 9 p.m., $5, 301 E. 25th St., Tacoma, 253.572.4020]
Seattle's The Small Change is back with Every Line in My Head, their third disc and followup to their quality 2005 self-titled debut. They're on Unsmashable Records, and they're kindred spirits with labelmates The Doll Test and The Riffbrokers. In other words, hard-driving power pop with garage and British Invasion overtones. "From the East Coast" gets you right into things with a propulsive guitar riff that underlines their passionate rock sound, while "Droppin' Petals on the Way Down" has an Elvis Costello feel to it. "Downtown in a Restaurant" finds them taking no power pop prisoners, and the title track is 2:10 of first-rate garage rock. Also like The Doll Test, they're not afraid to tackle political themes as "Nothin' 2 Say" and "Yer Torturin' Me" attest, although the songs work as power pop and rock as well.
The Small Change - Every Line In My Head (Unsmashable Records) by QuitterDan
As the Needle hits the groove on "Every Line In My Head", the 3rd long player from Seattle's The Small Change, I can't help but feel excited that some new old sounds are resurging and hoping to overthrow the current status quo of indie rock. As the opening track "From the East Coast" fades in, there's an electricity to this band, and with hooks reminiscent of Elvis Costello, Early Bruce Springsteen & The Stiff records catalog circa 1978, You can't stop feeling great while listening to this! Following with pummeling precision, "Every Line In My Head" reminds me how incredible power pop still is, while "Droppin' Petals on the Way down", "Can't Dance Wicha Honey", "Celebrate" and "Downtown in a Restaurant" all follow suit with solid songwriting, unbelievable hooks and sing along staying power.
Frontman Greg Collinsworth puts more passion in his vocals than an entire generation of Death Cabs & Modest Mice. The music behind Greg is tightly knit, with such strong hooks & able performances by Nick, Doug, Jason, and Ryan (last names be damned, these guys are your new best friends). In a sea of redundant "snore-core" bands, The Small Change erupt with fervor, passion, and pop hooks galore. All hail The Small Change!