Color TV: S/T 7" (new)

Color TV: S/T 7" (new)


Tags: · 10s · garage · melodic · post-punk · punk
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Hailing from the Twin Cities, C-TV is new band featuring some of the folks who brought you The Retainers, W.H. Walker, and Cheap Time, among others. They play dynamic, hook-laden punk rock that is tight and to the point, with raw production that harkens back to the sounds of yesteryear. You can hear a range of influences that can be traced to the KBD bands, Good Vibrations label, assorted Oz punk, the Red Snerts: Sound of Gulcher comp, and an undeniable early Minneapolis sound via Suicide Commandos. Music that is short and sweet with a black eye.

Our take: Debut 4-song EP (though we also have their demo-on-vinyl in stock) from this new band out of the Twin Cities. While geographical proximity might cause some to mention them in the same breath as the Uranium Club--which wouldn't be entirely inappropriate--on this release to me they have a very "Deranged Records" kind of sound. Now, Deranged is a very eclectic label, but I feel like the more melodic bands on the label are united by a certain melodic sensibility... it's something that carries through many of the label's releases like Red Dons, Tranzmitors, and a handful of others. If I actually knew anything about music I could probably describe it more accurately, but, alas, I am left to lean on the wild, incoherent babble of someone unfamiliar with the proper language. Anyway, Color TV have some big guitar hooks and big vocal hooks and they work broadly in the heavy, melodic tradition of bands like the Buzzcocks, and if you like modern bands who lean toward that style they're well worth your time. I'd say they're particularly strong when they lock into a super-catchy dual guitar lead like they do at the end of the opening track. I hope this band survives to make a full-length because I think it could be a real scorcher.