I get a sick confusion headache trying to figure out who's right. power pop * punk * emo * indie rock * shoegazer
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Ata-Tat ep (1986, QQQQ)
While I unearthed nary a shred of info on this Jamaica Plains, Mass five-piece, the music occupying these grooves is plenty robust - if not a bit slick at times. In fact, as far as the opening salvo, "Dark Promises" goes, you'd perfectly be in your right mind to dismiss Ata-Tat as angling for the steeper echelons of the FM dial. Luckily, this crew possessed the substance to match the style, and I find that style generally manifesting itself in the mold of lower rung '80s Top-40 hopefuls like Hipsway and Level 42, albeit in a more tolerable package. Yeah, I'm going to lose a bunch of punk/hipster points with this joint...but give it a chance.