Thursday, May 15, 2014



Far from Playing It Safe

The Safes

Record Heat 

(Wee Rock Records)  

Hailing from Chicago, The Safes plays clean and classic power pop in the vein of, say, The Raspberries and The Nerves. Some critics have namechecked Cheap Trick, but I don’t see it. That’s anthemic, stadium-friendly pop-rock for lighter-holding mooks; The Safes makes you wanna bop and sway and maybe dress up in a neatly collared shirt and winklepickers.

 It could be called radio-friendly but only if that designation is indicative of catchy, well-written pop rather than lowest common denominator AutoTune swill. Are they breaking new ground? Not necessarily but The Safes don’t need to prove anything, unless it’s that they like what they do. As we used to say, "It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it." That’s a higher compliment than it seems. Pro-tip: Check your social networking site for a local Safes house show this week in Albuquerque. Don’t forget: A house show means it’s in someone’s home. Mind your manners. 

this originally appeared in the pages of Weekly Alibi

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