US - California - Full Moon 57 - 06/06/01
Up High In The Night
Some months old but nevertheless worth mentioning. LA, CA band Arlo do have some charm,
despite their grungy pop rock... Know what I mean?
Arlo have got two song smiths, Nate Greely (guitar, vocals) and Sean Spillane (guitar,
vocals - related to Scott Spillane of the Gerbils and Neutral Milk Hotel?) (plus bassist
Shmedley, and drummer Soup. Well, the cover also credit two other guys: Rod Cumming on bass,
and Adam Wade on drums...?), and they've come up with some catchy songs on an album sounding
pleasantly un-polished. They've definitely picked inspiration from Nirvana. And from Pond
maybe? And the Fastbacks. And the Posies. But first and foremost Nirvana. A Nirvana light,
just check Lil' Magic. Not a big problem for my ears. Well, Up High In The
Night is quite entertaining for a while, but not a classic I'm afraid. Best tracks are
Nerf Bear Bonanza, Shutterbug, Loosen Up, and So Long, and
A fine album for sitting on a roof with a couple of beer, watching the sun set. Or maybe
the moon rise...
Copyright © 2001 Håvard Oppøyen