Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: young musician leaves rural town full of jocks and cowboys for the hip confines of large, urban city to start an indie band. Said musician’s dreams of rock stardom are left floating in the double soy macchiatos he begrudgingly serves while bemoaning the institution. I did say to stop me.
Fortunately for Jace Kraus, Friday Mile frontman and former resident of Sidney, Montana, this rock fairy tale might have a happier ending. The second release from this Seattle quartet is a six-song tartlet of lean pop bliss that solidifies the suspicion that more good things lie ahead.
Like any young band, their identity is still being discovered. “Distance Danger” exudes the jagged guitar and deep sea-dark mood of Spoon’s comeback classic, Girls Can Tell.
Don’t get too comfortable, as the mood swings quickly to confessional love ballads like “Curtain Call” and “Three Years”—they’re both soft, tender and genuine, but teeter close to slow-dance prom cheesiness. But it’s the hynoptic and airy melodic bounce of “Battlescars” and the stripped-down twangy loveliness of “Westward Bound” that show Friday Mile’s true forte.
Friday Mile plays Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 PM at the Badlander ($3), and Saturday, Sept. 15, at 9 PM at Great Northern Brewing in Whitefish ($7).