EP Review : Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ : Songs from the Laundromat

Kevn Kinney and the Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ crew employ such a ferocious attack on the first two Songs from the Laundromat tracks (“Dirty,” “Ain’t Waitin’ on Tomorrow”), they verge on heavy metal. The five-song EP could be an exercise in well-edited, concise rock songwriting and precision. And for anyone who doesn’t get fired up about hard rock, “REM” (a tribute to the band) has the mellow (while driven) vibe of a classic REM piece. “Baloney” is a tasty bite of punk rock that goes by in a millisecond. The closer, “Clean Up,” is a balmy, mid-tempo affair: Its burbling guitars brew a modest masterpiece.

SFTL is a vibrant outburst that bodes well for Kinney’s “…five or six song recording(s) every three months, like a magazine subscription” project. The next EP is titled Songs About Cars, Space and the Ramones. I can’t wait.

Get the latest DNC news and music at the band’s site: www.drivinncryin.com

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