Local Record Review: 'We're Just Really Excited to Be Here' by Countless Thousands
We're Just Really Excited to Be Here
If nothing else, the album title for this debut by the Garden Grove-based trio is pretty accurate--they do sound excited from the get-go, practically revelling in the kind of anthemic, clean-but-charging commercial indie that might as well be arena rock with lots of smiles more than lots of explosions. The expected hints and nods are all there--U2's ringing melodrama, the Arcade Fire's big wailing, Interpol's if-only-we-were-postpunk-for-real starlust, flecks of Blink-182 in a more "mature" phase and more--all given a dollop of radio-ready sheen, suitable for song placement on a TV show at some point soon.
So what works best? Perhaps unsurprisingly, it's when things get a little subtler--not necessarily quieter, but more able to sneak in sideways. So "Minor Sounds of Inconvenience," with a taut swing to its arrangement, has a none-more-eighties-revival chorus but an even better verse with a calmer, desperate edge, while "The Patriot" turns out to be a pretty deft slam on mindless jingoism that brings out the group's professed rockabilly love in engaging fashion. Meanwhile, even something as simple as taking a busy performance, stripping it back a bit for the break and then ripping into a huge blast of an ending, as on "A Pirate's Shanty," shows the trio does have a knack for making the familiar sound engaging.