There's something to be said for sheer replay value, and today's featured artist-- the Bostonian band Clatter Clatter-- has that in spades. This crew from the eastern seaboard can weave a serious hook, pulling together melody lines that will haunt your every waking moment until someone starts humming "Like A Prayer" (or any 80s pop song has a staying power that's almost primal).
Graduates from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, it's clear these guys know music. Every instrument gets its day; there's nothing muddled or awkward about their sound, nothing superfluous or thrown in to show off (and if there's is, congratulations, because they sure fooled me). Clatter Clatter sounds polished, clean and-- best of all-- like they're really enjoying themselves. Bubbling over with three-part harmony, jangly guitar, thumping piano, and lyrics that are tongue-in-cheek, these guys seem to realize that in its heart of hearts rock is fun. Their debut EP, Too Many Boxes, is available tomorrow (January 27th). (Amazon)