The Key Studio Sessions: The Sixties - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

The Sixties were reared in the DIY scene surrounding the Montgomery County burg of Lansdale, and are tight friends with some of its players (including The Wonder Years, who they opened up for at The First Unitarian Church last year). But don’t let that typecast them. They’re only sorta punk; they’re not even remotely pop-punk. More to the point, these dudes are unapologetically hard rock, aggressive and anthemic and loaded with hooks, vocal bravado by frontman C.J. Morgan and serpentine shreddery by lead guitarist Chris Wagner.

There are hints of Kings of Leon and The Strokes in the four songs they recorded for us this week in The Key Studio Sessions – “Jean Jacket” particularly reminds me of “Reptilia” from the latter’s Room on Fire – and if that’s not your thing necessarily, give this session a listen anyway. Morgan writes insanely catchy songs, whether you’re talking opening jammer “Forgetting Yesterday” (one of the new tracks from their Get This Right Records LPThere It Isn’t that impressed us earlier this year) or “On The Road,” an old number they dusted off to close the set. Free of contrived genre exercises and free of pretense, these songs are simply good songs and they will be echoing in your head long after you’ve finished listening. Need more? Catch them at the North Star Bar on Saturday, August 16th; tickets and information on the show can be found here.

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