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The District Attorneys

Jr.

(This Is American Music; US: 4 Dec 2012; UK: 4 Dec 2012)

The District Attorneys, responsible for one of this year’s best records in Slowburner, close out the calendar with this free four-song EP. Not simply b-sides from that album, these songs were recorded in their own separate bash-out-a-track-a-day session as a run-up to recording Slowburner‘s follow-up. If you enjoyed Slowburner, Jr. holds more of the band’s exuberant goodness. “King Is Boss” kicks in with a ‘50s-style intro that morphs into something more modern, right down to a blaring harmonica solo. “Stupa” leads in with a drum beat that sounds like the precursor to something extremely heavy, but which instead gives way to a gentle lead guitar line and harmonies. Each of Jr.‘s four songs show the District Attorneys’ talent for finding a good melody and then throwing in whatever influences work. This download is as good an introduction as any to one of 2012’s most promising new bands, and you can’t argue with the price.

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Andrew Gilstrap is a freelance writer living in South Carolina, where he's able to endure the few weeks each year that it's actually freezing (swearing a vow that if he ever moves, it'll be even farther south). Aging into a fine curmudgeon whose idea of heaven is 40 tree-covered acres away from the world, he increasingly wishes he were part of a pair of twins, just so he could try being the kinda evil one on for size. Musically, he's always scouring records for that one moment that makes him feel like he's never heard music before, but he long ago realized he needs to keep his copies of John Prine, Crowded House, the Replacements, Kate Bush, and Tom Waits within easy reach.


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