In the summer of 1992, Matthew McMichaels (vocals, guitar), Jon Gray (guitar, vocals), Clay Boyer (drums, ex-Archers of Loaf), and Joe Caparo (bass, vocals, ex-Leap of Faith) became Bitter Sons. Their first single (this one) shows their penchant for writing melodic, three minute, Big Star inflected rock songs propelled by over-amped guitars. In a town full of confused noise, this band's goal is to make good music.
As if it was the intention of any other given band to make poor music. Anyway, this single is actually pretty gratifying. Though Bitter Sons' collective temperament is a bit sobering, it wouldn't really occur to me to stack them up to Big Star. As per their bio, they largely steer clear of their town-mates renown brand of indie-thrash. This was produced by Caleb Southern, the guy that would later do wonders for Ben Folds Five.
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