Occasionally, I lack the time to write up a show immediately after it occurs. Here’s one that fell through the cracks and is worth noting.
Portland power poppers The Cry! paid a visit to the Melody Inn last week and tore through their set like the mod rock Gods of yore. The band’s two-minute bursts of hooks, harmonies, and noise were a welcome throwback to the garage days of yesteryear.
Taking their cues from the Who, the Exploding Hearts, the Strokes, and any number of frequent visitors to Little Steven’s Underground Garage, each buzz-bomb cut shot into the next allowing little time to breath. Songs like Modern Cinderella and I Think I’m In Love are template-perfect pop nuggets.
The band isn’t reinventing pop music, but they are capitalizing on the foundations of their power pop forefathers. Nothing wrong with that when the result is this fun.