Leah Brzezinski, midwest music correspondent
There was a point when “alternative rock” became such a catch-all term for any grungy, punk-inspired sound that it ceased to have descriptive meaning, and eventually became so mainstream that it annoyed bands and listeners equally. Foxhole Norman’s 5-song debut EP, released “straight outta Seattle” this past August is just so…alternative rock. To quibble about it would be missing the point.
Gravelly vocals meld with loud electric guitar hooks and steady beats, recalling Dinosaur Jr. and Sunny Day Real Estate, but with a fresh, updated twist.
The lead-off track, “Backseat,” is my favorite and sets a steady pace to unravel the remainder of the album. The sound is hard, loud, and definitely headbangable (see “Prosthetic Life”), but is not without sweetness or romantic twinges.
Check out this solid alternative to crappy music at foxholenorman.bandcamp.com!
Rating: 8 out of 12 cans of PBR