Rev Gusto, “Still There” 7-inch

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With the second installment of the Too Much Rock single series, we have the first-ever physical release from Kansas City power-pop group Rev Gusto. As longtime readers will recall, we were super-hyped on their first EP when it was released digitally. It’s good to see that the band has managed to both retain their loose, shimmery tones, as well as tightening up their melodies and harmonies.

The a-side is an original, “Still There,” which balances that shimmering guitar with tight drums and bass, resulting in a song that bridges the gap between slightly psychedelic ’60s and early ’80s power-pop. The cover of Graham Parker’s “Local Girls” on the flip only makes that comparison more accurate. I’d not heard Parker’s original in years (it’s not like anything along those lines except Marshall Crenshaw’s “Someday Someway” ever makes it on the radio anymore), and it was interesting to revisit the song after hearing Rev Gusto’s take. They do a lovely job of energizing the slightly-lethargic original, in the process rendering it less morose, and more snotty.

The band’s goddamn catchy and everyone who sees or hears them just can’t help but fall in love with these guys. Here’s to hoping some of you pick up the single and do the same. It’s a delightfully catchy pair of songs, just in time for summer.
More info on the single series can be found at Too Much Rock.

New EPs from Rev Gusto & the Rackatees

Two Lawrence acts have both recently put out EPs, and while the album lengths might be the same, the content couldn’t be more different. On one hand, you have Rev Gusto, with their sun-drenched indie pop, and on the other, you have the gruff punk of the Rackatees.

revepcoverAt first glance, it’s pretty unlikely that either would share the stage with the other. Rev Gusto’s Element is a series of catchy pop nuggets especially suited to backyard barbecues and warm nights. The likes of “Goodnight Laura” and “Click Click” are upbeat numbers, but only slightly so. There’s a laconic element to most songs, which are softly crooned throughout, with only the occasional yelp or yowl to up the energy level.
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