"Woah-wo-ah-woah-oh-oh." We have a winner in the Uplifting Gang Vocals sweepstakes. The debut album from this Sudbury folk-rock trio finds the group so keen to please, we get prompted to sing along in a wordless woah-oh-oh in almost every song. Holy Mumfords, Batman.
There's an effort to make all the music sound inspiring, and you can just imagine the crowds being encouraged to folk out in concert. It's certainly a popular production style these days, and even if it does work well in single cuts (Molly's Shoes, Lion), it becomes repetitive.
Even with some pretty bleak lyrics, we get the over-exuberance: Burning California wishes ill to the entire state in an apocalyptic smack-down. Bring it on, the band needs some more cynicism. They gotta watch the cringe-worthy lines though: "I'm making money when I need some change." This is a group that really, really wants to be loved.