New sounds from close to home
TOWNSHIP ONE MORE SUMMER
The boys are back in town. Even if the autumn timing of this beloved Boston band’s return doesn’t exactly herald the hot blood of another sticky summer, Township’s first album in three years sounds like a bong-shaped time capsule. It’s not merely the pursuit or souvenir of one magical season (as the album’s gorgeously wistful title track suggests), but all of them.
Few local rock outfits in memory (Township guitarist Alex Necochea’s other band, Bang Camaro, being among the exceptions) so perfectly plumb the shaggy-haired, and shag-carpeted, terrain of ’70s-era hard rock without it coming across like snark or shtick.
But these onetime Rumble winners kick out the jams with a powder-keg potent mix of reverential sincerity, escapist silliness, and more flashback-familiar hooks than you can flick a Bic at. The cobra-coiled guitar riff that snakes through “All Your Stufff’’ might politely be considered “appropriated’’ from “Toxic Twins’’-era Aerosmith - if it didn’t sound so damned genuine, that is.
The same can be said for the Heart-esque gallop that drives “Pushing Metal to Bone’’; the Sabbath-ian predator/prey lament “Forces of Evil’’; and Necochea’s and singer-guitarist Marc Pinansky’s soaring double lead guitar duets on “Aces Over Eights’’ and “Golden Light.’’
“Bring back noise pollution,’’ Pinansky urges on “Warrior Chief,’’ a thundering rocker aimed at everyone within earshot. “Grab your cigarettes/ And head to the woods tonight!’’
You heard the man. Township’s here and summer, it seems, ain’t over yet. (Out tomorrow)
Township hosts a CD-release show tomorrow night at Brighton Music Hall, with Sidewalk Driver, the Andrea Gillis Band, and Trabants. Show starts at 9. Tickets: $10. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com