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“Cul-De-Sac” by Connections // Tough City EP (2013)
Connections is a Columbus, Ohio based band that plays fast and loud indie rock and power pop. They recently released their excellent debut, “Private Airplane”, on Anyway Records. That album’s blast of energetic, midwestern guitar rock carries a sense of playfull-ness and urgency that makes it stand outside of the obvious Guided By Voices comparisons. The band has such a knack for crafting infectious melodies that it’s not surprise that each track is barely over two minutes long before it’s on to the next jam with another piece of ear candy on the way. Sure enough, even after “Private Airplane” the band must have had some extra work to lay down, because this gem, “Cul-De-Sac” comes from a record store day release, entitled “Tough City EP” which was released exclusively through Lost Weekend Records, but can be streamed now through Bandcamp. It’s not everyday that you get to hear a track that feels so distinctly like a classic wave of indie rock. Not that the band is trafficking in 90’s nostalgia, like GBV before them, you can hear the garage rock influences of the 60’s and power pop of the 70’s and the americana of the 80’s all boiled down into something that’s fresh and yet familiar. Connections are tapping into something wonderful and they’ve got the talent to make it last. Highly recommended.