At the end of Be Safe by The Cribs, Ryan Jarman says “Mine was alright, not my best but who cares”. On Two Flags, Lorenzo Gillis Cook from Petite League says “Waouh, did I just do that in one take”. Two great records, two very different spirits. One from the cult British band of a generation and the other from a young up and coming American newcomer. But who cares?
Pavement, Pixies, Paws, Pond, Parquet Courts, Pope, Princess Reason. The long list of great acts that begin with P can now add a new name to the list: Petite League. The outfit is the new project from Lorenzo Cook who is also the brains behind Spark Alaska. With this project, Cook aims to keep it “simple, fuzzy, and fun” and it’s a job well done. On Petite League's début record SLUGGER, the Syracuse based duo keep to these simple, fuzzy and fun promises which culminate in what is much more than just another DIY bedroom record.
Bands are beginning to realise that the existence of straightforward hooks and literal lyrics are often more effective than obtuseness and metaphor. When Lorenzo shouts “And I don't give a fuck about anyone” it's to be taken at face value. The songs on SLUGGER aren't particularly sharp or tediously crafted. They're as blunt and obvious as the emotions described within them. Like Little Fourth Of July, a great example of a straightforward, catchy, pop rock and roll tune. It's a fuzzy love song like you've a heard millions times, but it still hits you right in the heart. How does he do that?
I'll tell you. It's because the record captures the drunkenness and heartbreak of life. Let’s call it the ‘drunken heartbreak’. SLUGGER captures the spirit of Indie music and the sound of the 90's, and it manages to do in 24 minutes what most albums couldn't do in 1 hour and 24 minutes. That’s how he does it. That’s the talent. No need to mess around, just be fast and be loud. The record gets to the point and it's job done...