There aren't many things as timeless as a band rocking in a garage (usually their parents). Kids have been jamming in their parent’s garages for ages and it usually ends up with someone’s mom saying to turn it down. While rocking out in your parent’s garage may be a timeless act a couple things have changed since I was a young lad who used to do this. Namely, bands these days can record their music with little more than a computer and a couple of decent mics. Case in point - Not Sure. Not Yet. The band recorded their debut EP Garage Door in - you guessed it -in a garage. Using no more the a couple of Shure 57’s and a Mac computer the band recorded an EP that shows potential for a band just starting out. The album sounds like a bunch of demos, which is what you would expect from their setup. They have four songs on this EP that consist of the basics - guitars, drums, and bass. So what do they sound like? I'd say they have hints of Pavement and Yo la Tengo. While not in the same league as these bands at the moment they write some pretty decent songs that are unfortunately plagued by poor production. However they are just starting out and beginning to book shows.
The album starts out with the best song called “Brightlight,” which contains wipeout inspired tom rolls and a pretty catchy vocal melody. It’s a fun song and I’m sure would have been more appealing if the production was better. “Alan” doesn’t fare as well as the first song but had enough decent moments to keep my interest while “It’s Alright” sounds like it may have been a B-side on Slanted and Enchanted. The album closes with “Summertime” which is a fun power pop song that is a fun one to bob your head to.
Not Sure. Not Yet. has a lot of potential but still has a lot to prove. They haven't fully developed their own sound and they rely on a lot of predictable structures. I will keep my eye on them and hope to see them mature their songs and ideas.
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