released November 19, 2014
Power Haunts are more than an up-and-coming tastemaker for a local union of all-American indie-rock bands, though there’s plenty of merit in owning that duty alone. The foursome’s self-released, digital-only EP—last year’s six-song Perfect Teeth—is chock-full of enough swooping, sing-along hooks to turn a Rivers Cuomo head or two, and “Piranha,” hands down the album’s catchiest track, is a straight- ahead, foolproof anthem with a huge, repetitive, and undeniably bouncy chorus that could ring out of Wrigley as easily as, say, the Whistler. The noisier, broodier side of Power Haunts—found on the title track, for instance—features webs of snaking guitar delay and cliffs of thunderous drumming, not to mention plenty of suspicious, paranoid side glances within the lyrics. Perhaps not as immediately everything as “Piranha,” the slower burns from Power Haunts make for just as good of a trip. —Kevin Warwick
Engineering and Mixing by Erik Rasmussen at The Observatory in Chicago, IL.
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