GBV seems to be in the DNA of a lot of Dayton Indie rockers, so it’s not surprising that it’s difficult to not think of Robert Pollard when listening to Smug Brothers’ previous releases (including the strong full-length from last year, Fortune Rumors). But on the excellent EP Treasure Virgins, which came out later last year, the band seems to be developing more of its own voice. You can still hear the echoes of great, early British Pop (Kinks, Beatles) and classic American Power Pop (Big Star), but the more obvious GBV-esque elements (for example, the lo-fi vocals with snatches of delay here and there) are toned down. The EP is the first release from Melton (who also ran the excellent Buddha Den music blog) and Thrasher’s relaunched label, Gas Daddy Go!, which the drummer founded in 1989 but had been dormant for the past decade. (As if they weren’t busy enough, Thrasher and Melton also organize October’s Dayton Music Fest.)
The bottom line is that Smug Brothers make tight, unfussy songs that, if you catch them at their Cincinnati debut Saturday at The Comet, will have you humming along for days afterwards.
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