TRIPLE PLAY: THE SOUNDS OF PUNK POP, GARAGE AND ROCK OCCUPIED THE EARS OF MATT KEEFER THIS MONTH.

VULGARRITY, ‘IF YOU SING IT, THEY WILL HUM...’

DOG HILL RECORDS


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(Four out of five stars) “If You Sing It” has atrocious cover art, production values akin to yelling from 30 yards away and a pretty corny title. But while it may look like a demented children’s CD, this is some of Rhode Island’s finest garage rock in a long while. Providence brother and sister duo Shawn and Tracy Garrity have such an innate ability to craft fantastic and memorable songs, you wonder if you missed a decade of music somewhere in there. Formerly Rebecca Nurse and then The Radionics, their debut as VulGarrity lands closer to The White Stripes than The Fiery Furnaces in terms of hardness, with a repertoire spanning the disco-groove beat of “Plane in the Water” to ‘80s-inspired ballad “Night to Remember,” and the haunting creep of “Boogeyman.” What especially impresses is their ability to fill their songs with pure sound; the Garritys’ talent with multiple instruments makes “If You Sing It” sound more fleshed out than most comparable rock quartets. There is hardly a weak track out of the 15 low-fi ones presented here, and save for the strange looks you may get carrying the album to the check-out, there is little that should keep you from adding this to your music collection.


Definitely a band to keep tabs on.

Matt Keefer