Public Displays of Affection
A power pop and Americana cooperative from the late 90s runs with the torch the Plimsouls, Tommy Keene, Big Star and XTC carried before them.
Public Displays of Affection, the band's debut, features brilliantly constructed vignettes spanning three decades of pop confluence. Larry O. Dean's songwriting brings to mind Neil Young at his most straightforward and Roger McGuinn at his most rough-hewn, while Stephen Becker mixes the twee influences of Belle and Sebastian with the crunchy distorted bravado of classic Cheap Trick. Together they weave a harlequin tapestry that compliments each other simply and beautifully.