Army Coach, “Daydream” EP

army-coach-logoArmy Coach
Daydream
(Self-released)

The new band from Team Stray’s Tom and Eric, Army Coach straddles the line between classic indie rock and the modern pop punk underground. If you grew up in the ’90s and then went to work for a college radio station, this is essentially designed for your ears. That hopefully means that an assorted motley army of young men in their late ’20s and ’30s with horn rims, beards, and mildly obsessive record-collecting tendencies, will collectively declare their love for these guys on blogs such as this one.

Army Coach takes the slightly off-kilter vocal stylings of both genres and mixes them with distortion, off-setting the whole thing with a propulsive rhythmic structure. The whole effect lends itself to bopping up and down, possibly while air drumming. Will you be cool if you listen to this? No. Will you be happy? Oh, yes.

Daydream essentially sounds like taking the whole output of Dinosaur Jr, Built to Spill, and Pavement, smashing it all together, and letting Lookout artists cover it – basically, Left and Leaving-era Weakerthans. It has that same positive, youthful, exuberance of punk rock, along with the intelligence and forward-thinking approach of college rock.

Take a listen to “I Am A Failure” at their Tumblr.