The High Strung – These Are Good Times

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A slice of Detroit old-school punk, out one onstling with intent. The rush of “Wretched Boy”, the sha la las of “Snow A Sign Of Life” and the Who-styled chording on “Ain’t That something are all truly endearing. Fronted by Josh Malerman and Mark Owen, with a Moon-esque basher called Derek Berk, The High Strung have every right to escape the lo-fi clutches of producer Jim Diamond and stride out for the summit. Hard to resist, too, an album that’s got a song on it called “Rah Ra Rah!”


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