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  Watauga Crimestoppers b/w Buy Us A House by Petey

Watauga Crimestoppers b/w Buy Us A House cover art

Artist: Petey
Title: Watauga Crimestoppers b/w Buy Us A House
Catalogue Number: Bleeding Gold BG042
Review Format: 45
Release Year: 2013

That’s what the world needs now. Not love sweet love but an antidote to the antiseptic world of modern indie pop where cardigans and terminal spinelessness are worshipped. Stumbling and crumbling in their own very distinguishable way are North Carolina band Petey with two songs that push more towards power pop than their crash and burn mentality would suggest.

Don’t be expecting any virtuosity here as, quite frankly, there isn’t any. What you do get though is an insistence on getting the job done.  A bit of low end synth kicks off “Watauga Crimestoppers” before the three chords and a prayer strumming kicks in and drags the song via a chant to the finishing line. “Buy Us A House”, in comparison, sounds almost professional with the vagaries of timing soon overpowered by the delicious diffidence that afflicts both vocals and guitar leading the song to a premature expiration.

An untidy performance without doubt but one worth hearing (download from Bandcamp). These songs are, or at least were, also available as a limited edition (of 45) lathe cut single.

Review Date: February 26, 2013