Paul Luttrell and Caitlin Barnett are B-Film Etc. The band has been together since 2013 and released four albums. Their latest is entitled Punch Line which is more like a double album. The album contains a whopping twenty songs!
The band explains that they are inspired by ’90s indie rock. To my ears this really couldn't be more obvious since I grew up in the ’90s and had a steady diet of bands like Pavement, Dinosaur Jr., Modest Mouse and others. These days it seems that indie rock has been on a steady decline. Production seems to trump songwriting. Punch Line at the very least was a nostalgic in way that reminded me why I loved this type of music so much in the first place.
The album starts with “Snatch and Run” which is a standout track. Barnett’s vocals are gentle yet dynamic against the clean guitars. Perhaps above all else the song is undeniably infectious and fun. The album takes off with “Paper Thin,” “Stoop” and “Enemy of Enemy” which displays the strength of both vocalists. Smashing Pumpkins and Hum come to mind on “Purpose” while “Gall (Anxious Wreck),” “Jaded” and “All Consuming” continued to reenforce a sense of ’90s indie rock.
They successfully attempt “Atmosphere” which is a Joy Division cover. “Hands,” “Resolve” and the epic and reflective “Echo Chamber” all hit the mark. Even “Heckle” which is less than two minutes in length doesn't feel like a filler.
“Nostalgia” is a contender for having the most energy. The band plays at a fast BPM. Props to the drum and bass work here, although that dual guitar action is fantastic. “Butting Heads” is one of the more emotionally resonant song heartfelt songs while “Burn Money” has a little more of a carefree summer vibe.
They play “Summer Babe” which is a Pavement cover. Suffice it to say the cover works with the style that has been playing the entire time. They continue to have success with “Rich,” “Check the Forums (Hercules)” and closer “Recognition” which is not to be missed.
The duo seemed to have unlocked the puzzle of how to create a indie rock gem. They never really go past the ’90s or try to update it with a 2.0 version but I was ok with that. The way music seems to be headed I’m all for contemporary acts keeping the flame alive. Highly recommended.
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