Music News

The Knew

No surprise that Boom Bust recalls last year's Holladay. Both EPs were produced by Hot IQ Bryan Feuchtinger, and they share an appreciation for tight, punchy songcraft. Still, the latest disc, which will be feted during a Saturday, July 26, hi-dive show featuring the Jim Jims and the Black Apples, finds its own way. The opener, "By Yourself," is simultaneously danceable and jittery, with guitarist/vocalist Jacob Hansen and his crew declaring, "Ooh, it's all about always being modern," in a tone that bridges the gap between irony and sincerity. That's followed by the faux-rootsiness of "Renaissance Man," the atmospheric "Coldblack" and three other reliably enjoyable tracks. It's another solid platter from a band that prizes quality and consistency over the shock of the Knew.

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