Hysterics, Hysterics

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Were the members of Hysterics even alive when the records that inspired their sound were first released? The quartet of high schoolers ably, awesomely mine the sound of the late '60s, stacking rolled gold harmonies atop sterling silver guitars, writing swell songs for sunny Saturdays. Oliver Ignatius has a voice like incense and peppermints, and the songs perfectly support his magnificent tones. The cheekily titled "I Played Her Pet Sounds/She Showed Me Diff'rent Strokes" plays like a canny rewrite of the Turtle's "Eleanor" and "What Swallows a Rainbow" is all gliding melodies and grand strums. It's a perfect distillation of a decade's worth of pop records. Is this what they're teaching in school these days? If so: keep it up.