By Gary Schwind
Suckerpush, a Michigan quintet, has released
an understated gem with their latest entitled Reminiscing.
It’s hard to peg these guys because, while their sound is familiar, it’s
hard to say exactly who they sound like. They incorporate a lot of
influences into their music but successfully avoid sounding too much like
any other band.
Stylistically, I think the best comparison
is with Matthew Sweet. Reminiscing is a good blend of rock
(“Reminiscing,” “A Waitress Inside a Bar in my Heart”), power pop
(“Tackling Daisies”), and acoustic ballads (“Dollar Sign Eyes,” “Days of
Change”) like you would find on a Matthew Sweet album.
Frankly, there isn’t a bad song on this
disc and it offers a little something for everyone. “High School
Reunion” is a song reminiscent of Weezer, complete with tongue-in-cheek
lyrics. It’s basically what any of us goes through if we attend our
high school reunion. The singer describes it as “Pointless conversation
while my brain’s on vacation / If you find a way out then tell me how.”
He concludes the song by saying that everyone else has remained the same
and he is the only one that has changed. “Reminiscing” is about a
henpecked husband whose reminiscences are always interrupted when his wife
asks him to do some chores. At the end of the song, he decides that
he can’t take the commands to do chores anymore, so he leaves his wife
for Hawaii. The slide guitar in “Reminiscing” reminds me a lot of
“Love Spreads” by Stone Roses.
Suckerpush brings a lot of energy to this
album and show a vast array of influences without displaying any of them
too overtly. It’s clear that Suckerpush wants to avoid being pigeonholed
and I think they do it pretty successfully. To put it simply, though,
Reminiscing is a good rock album that just might find its way into
your heavy rotation.
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