Thanksgiving 2013 is in the books. CoolMom’s extended family come to visit us every year. We usually spend Thursday, Friday, and Saturday together celebrating the holiday, shopping, and catching up with each other. That means that I usually can’t get out to see any of the shows over Thanksgiving weekend.
This year wasn’t any different. While out to dinner with everyone on Saturday, I got a text asking me if I planned to see Philadelphia’s Underwater Country Club during their stop at Asbury Park Yacht Club. Alas, I was booked; but that text reminded me that Underwater Country Club had released an EP this summer that I’d been meaning to check out. It was the perfect excuse to do some last-minute listening as I started compiling my list of the things I really enjoyed this year.
Formed by brothers Andrew and Skip Robinson, the Philly quartet also includes Anthony Coppa and Jack Crawford. On ep, Underwater Country Club produce some jangly, melodic, almost anthemic pop that calls to mind the meticulous songcraft of someone like the Shins’ James Mercer or The Connells on their classic album Boylan Heights.
“Skeptic Lens” opens ep with a surfy guitar jangle and combines that with acoustic guitar, clever and literate lyrics, and some power pop percussion. ep‘s other two tracks — “Calling Back For You” and “The Money Song” — don’t stray too far from that template and further showcase Underwater Country Club’s ability to produce pristine, intelligent power pop.
So I didn’t make it out this weekend, but time with family plus the discovery of something that I may just have to include as one of my favorites of 2013 isn’t too bad. And according to Underwater Country Club’s Facebook page, I’ll be able to catch them when they swing through Asbury Park again on January 10th at Asbury Lanes.
ep is out now and available as a “Name Your Price” download at Underwater Country Club’s Bandcamp page.