The 12-string chime and hissy production will tell you in ten seconds — "She's A Trap" is a honey of a power-pop song. Gentleman Jesse has always been great at this, and "She's A Trap" nails the same sweet spot on the elusive winsome/bratty divide as fellow labelmates Bad Sports. Their sound is sweetly rickety, pitching itself somewhere between the classic power pop bands of the 1980s and the new-style crash-pop outfits of today. They're like the Shoes meets Cause Co-Motion!, and if that sentence makes any kind of sense to you: congratulations, this is your new favorite song.
By Austin L. Ray on 02.22.11 in Six Degrees
It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirat...
By Austin L. Ray on 03.12.12 in Reviews
"No turning back, I gotta get out of town," Jesse Smith sings on Leaving Atlanta's "What Did I Do." Four years in the making,Atlanta power-pop king Gentleman Jesse's sophomore album was inspired by a series of wildly unf...
By Austin L. Ray on 10.25.11 in Reviews
Take a glance at the song titles on this, the debut LP from Atlanta's Barreracudas, and you'll find the band showing its cards: There's "Baby Baby Baby," "Girl" and "Come On, Come On," the latter of which is a Cheap Tric...
By J. Edward Keyes on 12.08.14 in Features
J. Edward Keyes' examines three films that addressed the necessity of suffering in order to create art.