This EP is exactly what I’ve been needing. Three chords. Guitars. Bass. Drums. A touch of horns and some backing vocals. Sing-along choruses. Songs short and to the point. No fluff. In other words, honest rock n’ roll.
All the Tears, from Detroit-based quartet The Gashounds, delivers exactly this. Or, as they put it, “a mixture of garage rock, punk, soul, glam and blues” with “more hooks than a butcher shop.” Check!
They also say they focus on “sweet tones” and indeed they do. The guitars (Kennedy Greenrod and Gary Chechak) sound great, and Matt Harrison’s bass is appropriately growly. It all fits with Jim Faulkner’s drums and Greenrod’s vocals.
You could listen to the whole four-song EP by the time you get through this review--it’s eleven minutes long--and you should. There’s not a clunker in the bunch, and not even a section that needs to be edited out. You’ll be drawn in from the opening title track, with its hooky chorus (complete with backing vocals and horns). Chechak’s two-times-around guitar solo is just-right: garage rock, then a bit more melodic as Faulkner moves to his ride cymbal.
“Infected” is a bit punkier, with a cool breakdown section driven by Harrison’s bass. You should be dancing with your girlfriend by now. If you haven’t pulled her onto the floor, I will. Especially since she’ll like “Cherry Blossom,” a fun love song.
“Sunflower” finishes the disc. The groove reminds me a bit of the Fratellis (you know, the song from the Amstel Light commercial a few years ago). If you’re still in your seat, you’re probably (a) catatonic, and (b) newly single, since your girl just gave her number out to the dude’s she been dancing with the last few songs. Sorry man. Now all the tears are yours.
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