Genre: rock, power pop
Jan 12, 2009
Fem-fronted melodic rock is the name of the game on THe WitHouts'
debut EP. Fortunately they make up for their appalling use of
capitalization by way of their infectious, radio-friendly sound.
Produced by prolific Toronto producer/musician Ian Blurton (Blurtonia,
C'mon), this brief five-tracker is a far poppier record than might
be expected. Veruca Salt, Elastica, and Letters to Cleo are familiar
points of reference for this vaguely punk-infused power-pop act. The
production and songwriting are well-polished, leading to
immediate melodies on "Down & Out" and "Blackout."
Cherise Burda's voice carries the songs admirably
well, and everyone else handles their part solidly. These songs
certainly don't rewrite any books, but they are fun and fancy-free,
with choruses made to hum. I'm not sure what type
of market exists for music
like this, but it's nice to know there are still people putting
together solid power-pop music.
[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by