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Smash Palace – 7 (Zip)
I lost touch with Smash Palace after their first four albums, but I’m extremely pleased to re-acquaint myself with a guitar pop band who I always felt should be held in the same high regard as Fountains Of Wayne and Matthew Sweet. Indeed, Smash Palace’s seventh record (the imaginatively titled “7”) confirms everything I suspected. Their style of pop, which is both extremely catchy and accessible – though never throwaway – borrows from the best. Slower songs, “Holding Out For You” and “Secret Life” are very much Beatles influenced, without being derivative. When they’re turning it up and going for it, they’re just as choosey with their influences. “Win It All” is Motors(esque) and urgently needs a home on the radio, “How Can You Say?” is a toe-tapping blend of CvS, Rubinoos and Badfinger.
I’m going to have to find the albums I’m missing from my collection sooner rather than later.
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From the article:
Smash Palace’s style spans the decades
When: 8:30 p.m. today; doors open 6 p.m.
Where: Puck, 14 E. Court St., Doylestown, Pa.
Admission: $7, age 21 and older only; (215) 348-9000
They’ve got a little to offer from each of the last seven decades.
A little rock “n roll? Sure.
Power pop? Definitely.
Jingle-jangle of the ’60s? Right on.
Smash Palace has a little touch of everything familiar, yet a sound that’s all its own. Tonight you can catch the band live as it performs songs off its latest (and seventh) album, appropriately titled “7,” at Puck Live in Doylestown, Pa.
The South Jersey band’s bio self-describes its sound as a mix of the Beatles meets Badfinger meets Tom Petty, and, to a large extent, that’s spot on.
Lee Zimmerman of Amplifier Magazine reviews our latest album, ‘7.’ Review is below:
Has it really been seven albums already? Stephen Butler and company seem to be picking up the pace, and if they haven’t quite pierced the collective consciousness, happily, they’re still intent on moving forward. Replicating the cover of the Beatles Revolver album may seem like an audacious attempt to seize the spotlight, but it’s nothing that’s not deserved. While the new disc doesn’t necessarily boast the same degree of evolution as the Fab Four did at this point in their song cycle – notably, opening tracks “Win It All” and “How Can You Say?” each exercise the standard power pop regimen – there are hints that Smash Palace may be inspired by the Beatles’ blueprint after all. The looping melody and wafting harmonies of “Human Kind” and the sneering Lennon-like vocal of “All in Love is Fair” clearly draw their parallels. Nevertheless, this is hardly an attempt to emulate any one outfit in particular. The whimsical set of circumstance that flows through “Secret Life” references the wistful air of Village Green-era Kinks, just as the crunching chords of “Dead End Street” parallel the early Who. So too, the forthright piano ballad “Holding Out for You” and the dreamy, cushy “Bridge of Sighs” suggest their own air of euphoria. Seven albums on, Smash Palace has developed into a reliable commodity, one that reckons to make its mark every step of the way.