4

The Outfit

From the opening drum clicks, this debut release from the Outfit hooks you into the headlong pace of "Towns," a song with familiar elements. But rather than trying to mimic the manic and loud-quiet guitar work of recent dance-punk bands, the Outfit presents moments of nuanced introspection that lend a surprising degree of depth. And the quality of the songwriting here is no fluke; the layering of sounds on "The Philistines" is dynamic, allowing the song to breathe and sway. "Bricks," meanwhile, is a bit more biting, but the sheer variety in its roughly three minutes is impressive. Saving the best for last, "What Happened to You" somehow manages to be melancholy, urgent and defiant, couching its emotional fragility in uplifting melodies and invigorating rhythms.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send: