Endearingly ramshackle – they go so far as calling themselves ‘sloppy pop’ – BOAT’s second long-player following a handmade debut is a charmingly unpretentious affair, full of catchy tunes and unafraid to silly things up a little for some good-time thrills.
The Seattle-based trio don’t play things solely for laughs, mind: clearly these songs weren’t just whacked out in a single session, baring as they do similarities to the likes of The Lilys, Weezer and, albeit with a little more jolly in their stride, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. ‘I’m A Donkey For Your Love’ rides bareback on a rollicking keyboard line, and its immediate successor ‘Period, Backslash, Colon’ matches sing-along simplicity with a tenderness rare in supposed ‘novelty’ bands. Cleary, BOAT aren’t to be categorised alongside the likes of Tedious D, even if song titles like ‘The Ferocious Sounds Of Lobsters And Snakes’ reveal their childish qualities.
A classically retro sound – a certain jangle, if you will – runs the length of Let’s Drag Our Feet, rooting BOAT in tradition and amongst artists deservedly acclaimed. At less than 40 minutes long, this LP flies by leaving bright eyes sparkling and bushy tails waggling in its wake. Yeah, it’s a loosely executed record whose makers aren’t that concerned about capturing the perfect take, but by adopting such an approach BOAT have managed to craft an oddly refreshing experience.
Honest and open-hearted, sporadically touching and always pleasantly entertaining, Let’s Drag Our Feet is a joyous indie-rocker from a trio at peace with their creative limitations.
7Mike Diver's Score