Thursday, October 15, 2009

Review: Dangtrippers "Days Between Stations"

Here is a powerpop gem from the vault: The Dangtrippers debut LP, "Days Between Stations", from out of Iowa circa 1988. I recently dusted this one off to give it a spin and was surprised at how well these songs have stood the test of time. This one features their original lead singer, Devin Hill, who went on to release a number of solo albums in the 90s. Sadly, he and The Dangtrippers remain undeservedly below the radar.

The Dangtrippers deliver curt jangle-pop, with most songs rarely exceeding the three minute mark. Sharp and to the point, Devin Hill and company cut right to the chase to express the lyrical idea with a nice melody...and then onto the next one. The Dangtrippers kind of remind me of The Posies and 80s-era R.E.M., offering plenty of warm, upbeat tunes with plenty of harmonies. Good stuff worth hunting down. Highlights include "When Time Runs Out", "Masquerade", and "Reasons Why".

iPOD-worthy: 1, 3, 5, 9, 10, 11

Dangtrippers on MySpace. Devin Hill on MySpace.

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