I came across these guys thanks to a recommendation from my Facebook friend Jesse. Jesse has impeccable taste in music, running from the mainstream (e.g., Dylan) to dauntingly obscure (at least from my perspective) punk rock. So when Jesse recommends something, even if I don’t like it, I know it’s going to be interesting.
Well, Jesse hit it out of the ballpark when he linked to Jennifer LoPan’s Full Moon EP. Holy hell is this good. It’s rockabilly Jesus and Mary Chain, fuzzed out country music, and a hell of a lot of fun. It rides the line between dissonance and melody, noise and classic rock (think Beatles-style melodies). And they’re from Moncton! (Who knew? says the born-and-bred Ontario guy) Apparently there’s a really good scene there. I have no clue, but if the Moncton scene is even half as strong as this EP, then, yeah, that would be a pretty damn good scene.
Easily one of the best releases of the year. Being able to discover bands like Jennifer LoPan vindicates Facebook’s very existence.
Listen/purchase: Full Moon EP by Jennifer Lopan