HELLO ELECTRIC, WAMPIRE, HOUSEFIRE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) There's no better time than an all-ages Valentine's dance party to release a record like Hello Electric's Skychief. The album—sadly not named for Robert "The Chief" Parish's hook shot—was recorded by John Gourley from Portugal. The Man, and the two bands share an artistic kinship of freewheeling rock numbers unafraid to push and pull in any given direction. The towering rock songs of Skychief are capped by the confident delivery of frontman Kirk Ohnstad, whose charismatic cadence transfers seamlessly to the recorded product. Joining them will be Housefire and the swoon-worthy boys of Wampire, who might be the first local band to be pelted in a wave of panties that could make Tom Jones envious.
EZRA ACE CARAEFF
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