Glad Rags – “Alamo”

Chicago chamber-psych orchestra Glad Rags shove the disjointed post-punk of The Talking Heads through a cosmic wormhole, chugging with sweat-stained rhythms and horns one minute and spreading the spacey synths like butter the next. “Alamo’s” not a lyrical wunderkind but it rides repetition without hammering their hooks to death. The song is snaking with a neon and rubber weirdness that makes it hard to get a hand around, but they’re definitely onto something. The backup vocals shift from flashes of ’70 Who to Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson vamping up the parties down Athens’ way. The band are throwing a lot in the pan with this one but its all coming out of the oven just fine in the end.

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