Mitch Easter's every waking hour (outside of pursuing his meal-ticket, Let's Active) was spent producing/recording other bands. From an audiophile's perspective this was a wizardly, and ultimately thoughtful move on Mitch's part, lending his acumen to scores of records that bear his name in the credits, including this beaut. Neon Rock Garden were a co-ed trio based in the small North Carolina town of Hickory. As of this writing I have yet to hear anything outside of these two NRg tracks, which offer a none-too-subtle wink and a nod to that aforementioned "meal-ticket." Nevertheless they put their own spin on the New South trend-Du-jour, especially on the fevered "Don't Say Baboon," gushing forth a flurry of delirious, jagged arpeggios, and a guitar tone that nearly mimics the trademark leads of U2's The Edge. The stuff of Wilfully Obscure ideals for sure. The equally winsome A-side, "Never Listen" charts a slightly more contemplative trajectory. I'm thoroughly rejoicing over this 45. With any luck, in the weeks and months to come, I may have more NRg to share (that's right, keep your fingers crossed and I'll do the same).
A. Never Listen
B. Don't Say Baboon
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