“A one-two punch delivering tight song structures with strong melodies, making a few of these radio-worthy hits. It’s power-pop rock that’s Sugar-sweet from your head to your feet. Comparisons to Foo Fighters, late Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Everclear fronted by a raspy Bob Mould are warranted.” –J.R. Oliver, EarCandy
Starling is the third CD from London-based modern-rock trio tvfordogs. With its opening flash of amplified six-string, Starling shines a bright light on post-grunge rock ‘n’ roll. Devoid of Weezeresque irony, singer-guitarist Neil Luckett mines a classic, idiosyncratic vein, advancing the go-for-broke assault of Heavy Denver (2002) and brass-ring target-shooting of Roller (2005) with a knowing blend of retro styles and rock archetypes. On Starling, classic rock drenched in early-’70s guitar tones meets the immediacy of modern hi-fi.
The crunchy guitars, laser vocals, and tightly honed songs evoke Coldplay and Foo Fighters through a lens trained on rock history. Restless in its introspection, Starling calls to mind the free-wheeling explorations of Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young. The disarming “Frozen Friend,” with its George-Harrison-does-”Wah-Wah” guitar intro and plaintive lead vocal, is one of the most infectious, impassioned tracks of this or any year.
Produced by Neil Luckett and mastered by Jon Astley.
Also available from Wampus: Roller, Heavy Denver, and Neil Luckett’s Radio for Cats.