On their own, the band maintains the energy and noise. Nourished on feedback, they recall the glory days of '90s guitar rock without sounding dated. A tight collection of bombastic rock that doesn't need a more specific label, their 2008 debut, "Mission Control," set the template for two more albums of concise verse-chorus-verse pop punctuated with extended, big rock endings. Their most recent release, "Enjoy the Company," maintains the style.
In the 88.1 KDHX studio, however, the band takes it down a few notches with softened translations of its songs. Forget the feedback and fill the space with acoustic and slide guitar. Such is the strength of the band's songwriting: it can take the same songs from an arena-ready frenzy to thought-provoking restraint without sacrificing meaning or fire.
All photos by Virginia Harold.