Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., May 25
A Better Time Coming
1) I've Gone Soft
2) Tell Me Why
3) Said Son
4) Die Together
5) You Look Good
6) Out to Ride
7) To Say
8) Blinding the Sights
Garage rock persists through every generation, from the Shadows of Knight in the '60s, revived by the Stooges in the '70s, to the latest incarnation: the Strokes, the Vines, the Hives, and the White Stripes.
Vinyl Radio lives up to its predecessors' legacy with fuzzy blues-guitar riffs, popping drums, and a tambourine squeezed in. From the first note of the first song, heavy punk guitars attack. Electric piano, bass, and desperate vocals continue the assault. There is no let-up. Added flavor comes from the shunning of digital recording for hissy analog tape. And I have to say, I'm a sucker for it.
Vocals wail themes of love, frustration, and fights. From track 6, "Out to Ride," Vinyl Radio captures the garage motif with the line, "You said you loved me/ you didn't dare/ you said you needed me/ but you never cared."
Although garage rock's popularity lives and dies in cycles, the bands are always here in their small practice spaces and blue-collar dedication. With Sirius Radio's Little Steven's Underground Garage channel, Vinyl Radio could break from the local scene to a national audience.
--- Hometown CD Review 6-7-07