Smokescreens – Used To Yesterday (album review)

by Woody on August 16, 2018

Photo Credit : Gina Clyne

Smokescreens was born was when Chris Rosi and Corey Cunningham became friends while they toured with their prior bands, Terry Malts and Plateaus. They bonded over an appreciation of Flying Nun records, and as their press release stated – “they began as a love letter to the Flying Nun scene of the 1980’s and it’s outlying bands.”

It took me a couple of listens to connect with this album. Oddly enough, it happened as I lazily lumbered into the gym. The opening one-two of Someone New and the title track definitely get the blood pumping as their Kiwi influenced power pop pumped into my ear holes. A couple of tracks later, bassist Jenny Moffett takes over the mic on Jolly Jane for a noisy bit of power-pop about a nurse who’s pretty shitty at her job.

I’ve been enjoying the heck out of jangly rock this year. Bands like Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Clearance have really scratched an itch year, and Smokescreens is another fine addition into the equation.

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