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Lolas / Bulletproof

Lolas

Bulletproof (self-released)

https://lolas.bandcamp.com/album/bulletproof

The Lolas have existed in one form or another, since 1998. Head Lola, Tim Boykin, has been the one constant since then, providing lead vocals and guitar. Lolas’ records have always been tight, no-nonsense affairs, and “Bulletproof” is no exception. Most of these tracks clock in at around the three-minute mark.

Boykin’s voice cuts through the mix like a young John Lennon, although the songs have many influences. “Desstroy” comes on like Ray Davies at his roughest and “Oceans Of The Moon” combines a Motown beat with a 90’s alt-rock attitude. It’s refrain of “Would you believe, there’s an ocean on the moon?” is catchy as can be.

My fave of the set is the driving “She Will Shake The World.” With a relentless drum beat and Ramones-inspired guitar work, it’s a head-bobber of the highest order. “Bulletproof” is probably the best full-on rock album I’ve heard yet this year, and will no-doubt end up on many year-end-best lists.

D.P.

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The Well Wishers – The Lost Soundtrack

The Well Wishers

The Lost Soundtrack (That Was My Skull)

http://www.facebook.com/thewellwishersband

In 2014, Jeff Shelton and his Well Wishers were commissioned to create a musical bed for an independent film. As these things often play out, the film’s soundtrack was created, yet the film itself remains unmade. Leaving these eleven tracks “in the can” would’ve been a travesty. That fate is rectified by this release.

Shelton is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier songwriters, and it’s easy see why an indie film company would tap him to join their team. “Back Door”,”Build A Life” and “Great Day Out” recall the best work of alt-pop singer-songwriters like Matthew Sweet, Evan Dando and Bob Mould. Melancholy melodies and jangly guitars permeate with comforting results, and the visual nature of Shelton’s writing is superb.

D.P.