Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Mains - The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - 2006

Brilliant debut by this new, BritPop-inspired, pop "super group" of sorts. The band consists of (among others) Foster Calhoun, Rich McCulley, Todd Herfindal (The Meadows/Single/Blue Sky Roadster) and Kevin Houlihan (The Meadows) is electric with cool new wave thrills, hard core "Ziggy Stardust"-era guitar theatrics, and Beatles-inspired song structures - all delivered in a way you've never heard any of these guys before! The sum of these pop parts is pure hook heaven - delivered with lots and lots of guitars! Though The Mains high voltage sonic attack is fueled by McCulley's primal rock riffing and Calhoun's gorgeous howl, tracks like “I Threw It All Away” and “By The Way” are drenched in a beautiful melancholy of strings, keyboards, and layered harmonies that sound eerily like some forgotten AM radio masterpiece. The record is a triumphant and heart breaking song cycle, a celebration of cranked amplifiers, blown fuses, late nights, young lovers, excess inspired madness and teen-age kicks. In short – the stuff of Rock and Roll legend.-Kool Kat