Check Out Some Pleasantly Melancholy Pop Rock From The Worst Denton Trio in Denton.
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Us Presidents – “LLL.”
RIYL: Matador in the mid-‘90s.
What else you should know: Back in November, the Darren Frayne-led Denton outfit released its sophomore LP, Worst World In The World, a collection of “12 boppers and ballads chronicles an era of anxiety and subscribes to pop rock sensibilities.”
The easy-going, synth-laden pop rock tunes amble along nicely, aware of the pervading gloom that surrounds us, but trying sheepishly to remain positive. Whether ye be a glass half full or half empty sort, you’ll get out of this collection what you put in.
This sentiment is echoed in a promotional statement on the Gloom Club website, where you can also buy cassette copies of the LP: “This world has nonchalantly written its initials as ASS or FUK in last place. Do we let it get to us? Maybe sometimes! Should we? Well if the world is a reflection of our society, and our society is a reflection of us as individuals, and the world sucks, then we suck individually, right? No way – yer great! Reflections can look weird at weird angles anyways.”
Joining Frayne on the album are a rhythm section of Brack Cantrell (Bad Beats, Balance Problems) and Steven Fischer (Teal Moss), the two of whom split recording duties, while Cantrell is credited with the mix. For live shows, the studio trio is joined by Chris Moline (Mother Tongues) and Grahm Robinson (Mah Kee Oh).
You can catch the full five-piece playing live tonight at Dan’s Silverleaf, or Saturday, February 9, at Armoury, D.E. in Deep Ellum.