And the award for most obnoxiously misleading album title of the year goes to . . . High Five Revival! The title of this foursome’s debut, “Grey Goose, Drug Use, and Spousal Abuse,” sounds like a bad rap album that will feature lots of gold teeth and “yeeaahhhs.” But it doesn’t.
Put away your biases and prepare to be wowed. I mean it. The High Five Revival are clever, musically tight, freakin’ hilarious, nonpretentious, and . . . I don’t have anything bad to say about them. Where else will you find love songs featuring self-conscious misogynism (“in the kitchen where you belong”), too-little-too-late sympathy (“if you see her crying, give a muffin”), and blunt straight-talk (“you’re talking about your problems that are stupid/you should call back when you’re sober”). These guys say what everyone else thinks, but doesn’t have the balls to speak of.
This is college-basement indie rock (bordering on punk) at its best. It’s unsigned bands like this that give me the will to keep on blogging. They kinda remind me a little bit of Incubus around the time of their first record.