Missoula band Oll Breds quietly released a digital album called Charm right in time for their Total Fest appearance at Free Cycles. Since I came of age going to see music in the late '80s and '90s and apparently need a jewel case and abt. 4 oz. of plastic accompanying every piece of music I own, I hadn't really dug into the thing but cursorily until now. It's friggin' good!
You can buy it for free. Which means they trust that you'll contribute what you can. A baffling concept again for me, but hey man, it's the 2000s, right? Enough, though, about me and my need for physical media and currency exchange. Oll Breds, man. This is the band to watch as they play house shows and punk shows and shows period. Just two pieces, guitar/drums and vocals but a surprisingly full-sounding outfit. Pop music and rock and roll focused hard on the songs and vibe, and charmingly without the marketing/fame-ambition that seems to kind of spoil stuff.
This song in particular had a kind of Robert Pollard/GBV vibe, without that uh, haughty or sort of English thing he does. I mean, I get the shallowness of needing to compare constantly, but simultaneously man, a person needs his or her reference points. And certainly Guided By Voices got compared plenty to others.
Here's When Yer Down.
They play tonight, incidentally (October 16, 8PM) at the ZACC Below, 235 N. 1st West, which is the basement there at the Zootown Arts Community Center. You get in through the ZACC's wooden stairs off the back parking lot. It's all ages. If you're under age 14, the show's free for you. If you're 15+, it's $6 at the door. The Bugs and Mountain Shark play too.