Review: Thee Requiems – Awkward Gold (Astral Plain)

RequiemsFalling somewhere between the fuzzed-out guitar of Eric’s Trip and more pronounced pop influences (especially in the backing vocals), long-running Moncton band Thee Requiems revel in a delightful vitality on their latest offering, Awkward Gold. A collection of infectious yet uncomplicated songs, the lack of ego behind virtually every one of these tracks is something to behold. While other bands are content to wallow in endless guitar solos and overdramatized vocals, tracks like “On My Mind,” “Downtown Girls,” “Sister Sister,” and “Be With You,” bask in a charming innocence and simplicity that is certain to endear the band to indie-rock fans everywhere. Check out Awkward Gold for yourself online at theerequiems.bandcamp.com.