Buzz and fuzz are in full effect from the get-go on Loon Lake’s “On Fire”, but the 8-bit bursts and wailing vocals make me feel like this is what Cold War Kids would sound like if they were still good and played with more fun toys. The entire song from his Melbourne outfit shimmies along with an energetic, carefree vibe that by the time the tom-heavy breakdown hits, the quick chance to catch your breath is appreciated. The subsequent ramp-up brings the energy right back up to rebellious levels in time to close out this short and sweet spring jam.
While the quintet’s earlier catalogue boasts thrashed out garage rock like “Into The Office“, they’re also able to pull off covers of The XX’s more morose tracks, which isn’t an easy task in the slightest; a band with talent and range like this is a pretty deadly combo. Stay tuned for their debut album, out later this year.