EP review by KevW
If we're to go on the slightly ridiculous band name and the refreshingly tongue-in-cheek press release ("it took the band a while to come up with a name as meaningful as Boxed Wine") then it's apparent that this New Jersey lot are not ones to get all pretentious on us. Sense of humour in music and the ability not to take yourself too seriously can be endearing qualities. They can also indicate novelty tunes made by shit comedians. We can all breath a collective sigh of relief, because although this is hardly 'OK Computer', these fizzing indiepop tunes aren't silly or wacky or annoying, yet at the same time they don't scrimp on the fun either.
The band invite us to "make relevant comparisons to all the other bands in the universe". Well there isn't time for that, so think We Are Scientists, The Strokes, Weezer, Supergrass and Nada Surf for starters. This is catchy powerpop with snappy riffs and drumming, no gratuitous soloing of other indulgent aspects. Each track is kept under three minutes and 'EP' is nothing more and nothing less than a decent batch of good old-fashioned melodic guitar-pop. It won't inspire debates, books won't be written about it and it doesn't try and be anything it's not. In cutting the crap and sticking to their ideals Boxed Wine have made an exhilarating and lovable EP, one that's worth raising a glass to.
Boxed Wine's website
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