Generally speaking, if a band lists more than three different genres as ‘influences’ or cite several different scenes as touchstones for their work, they’re one to be missed. But with Chicago upstarts Distractions, there’s a warmth to be found in the cobbled together pieces of history they forge their music together through. Early reviews have given nods to ‘British invasion’ bands, Phil Spector, Post Punk, Playboy and The Beach Boys – and even then, there are still large areas of their sound that it doesn’t really cover.
In truth, if an ‘Old Man Pub’ somehow regurgiated every show it’s sticky floor has ever played host to and it was formed into a group, the result wouldn’t be too dissimilar to this, with standout track ‘All night’ providing the best example of how this bizarre fusion can actually work. Opening with someone seemingly having a fight with a wurlitzer, it stumbles and stutters into life as a skinny jeaned take on garage rock – unsettling and somehow ingenious at the same time. An album has already been put out on PLUSTAPES, with a vinyl reissue coming up on Infinite Best Recordings. Hopefully, we’ll have figured out who they sound like before it sells out.
Distractions – All Night [download]