When Billings' longtime punk outfit Noise Noise Noise called it quits last year, I wasn't overly concerned, because the energetic guys of the band seem too inspired to hang up their guitars/drumsticks for long. Sure enough, Megagiant has arisen, featuring singer Kelly La Croix and drummer Nels Jensen from Noise, plus guitarists Caleb Addy and Austin Finn of Idaho Green.
Megagiant's new album, Today (And Every Day), recorded in Missoula at Club Shmed, features fittingly big-ass power chords and butt-kicking riffy numbers, with a vibe that reminds me of Weezer. There's no Rivers Cuomo-style obnoxiousness here, though, since Megagiant has the benefit of La Croix's poppy vocals, which fans of Noise will recall fondly. Today (And Every Day) takes things down a notch into a more grunge-era, slow-dance territory in the melancholy "Prairie is an Island," but just before getting too sincere about things, the album picks up the pace for a little snottiness. "I don't wanna go/ and I don't wanna change," La Croix sings on "The Things We Used to Hate."
The production on Today is cleaner than any of Noise Noise Noise's lo-fi recordings, though, making Megagiant sound like a radio-ready rock band—at least in my imaginary world where rock still gets played on the radio.