New Fidelity

Alex's Bar

New Fidelity’s recent self-released 45 (on white vinyl!) does something like much-loved South Bay band the Last did, too: ‘60s pop vibe with an ‘80s mod-punk power source. “California Summer” hits some kind of Anglophiliac sweet spot between Paul Weller, Ray Davies and Elvis Costello, which means you get plenty of dark and light in the lyrics and nice big choruses that don’t change how you expect them to change—and since there’s a lot of Cleveland in these guys, let us also mention the Choir, who’s “It’s Cold Outside” is like this song’s second cousin. B-side “Never Go Away” is total U.S.A. power-pop—like 20/20, Shoes, and all the groups that get Bomp! 45s up in band heaven. Also on the bill this night are ex-Killingtons fronted Secret 6, who discover what would happen if early R.E.M. had appeared on Creation instead of I.R.S.
Sun., Sept. 11, 9 p.m., 2011

 
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