I loved 2019’s E for Exbats and was looking forward to some more brash, fun and funny punk. Instead, I got a retro take on just about every version of 1960s pop. Country corny (Practice on Me) and sentimental (One Foot in the Light), garage pop (Best Kiss), psych-folk (Hey New Zealand and Drop the Rebound), and everything else between.
“I’m not feeling California Dreamin anymore,” Inez McClain sings, channeling the Mama’s and the Papa’s so clearly and completely that it’s hard to imagine this wasn’t written by Papa John Phillips. But it wasn’t. It was written by Kenny McClain, Inez’s father and bandmate for the past decade.
I love this album!