Wednesday, 6 March 2019
The Dates - Ask Again Later
Garrett Goddard, as part of King Tuff and Personal And The Pizzas, is generally known for something far more noisy than this melodic gem. His solo outing on the magnificent Burger Records label lies, surprisingly, somewhere between Teenage Fanclub and Big Star.
There are also two covers amongst the ten songs, both of which are favourite songs of mine. The fleshed out sound on Stealers Wheel's Star and the fuzzy version of Buddy Holly's Love's Made A Fool Of You work beautifully, particularly the guitar on the latter.
Many bands are compared to Big Star and TFC, well The Dates virtually are them. Friday Night @ Vineland has an intro that is pure On The Street and Any Other Nite is Teenage Fanclub at their jangly best. The Dates are not just a wannabe tribute band though.
Tru Wolfpack is mopes beautifully, splendidly moody. Pennies 4 You could be the Bay City Rollers and the rocking Nervous could be the best thing on the album. However, Summer Girl again gets you thinking of Ardent Studios. Goddard's fragile melodic vocal suits the lo-fi nature of the album to a tee. The album is a great standalone listen.
You can listen to and buy the album here.