Chicago garage-rockers mine the past for fresh sound
When you think of how nascent an art form rock music was in the early '60s heyday of the Nuggets garage-rock era, it is quite remarkable how well it endures. Generations later and kids are still digging those sounds and finding new ways of reworking those same couple of chords. Among the latest crop is Chicago's Faux Furrs.
Unlike many of its peers, whose cop to nostalgia is often a crippling hindrance, Faux Furrs plays its sweet take on pseudo-psychedelic garage rock as if no one has ever thought to do so before. This isn't ignorance or obliviousness. It is pure joy. The joy of discovery. The joy that is inherent in banging out those three chords in your parents' garage and knowing you'll be young forever.
The beauty in not knowing your history, or honestly, in not needing to know your history, is that the band members are able to call back any sounds they have rattling in their skulls. There are enough off-the-cuff nods to surf rock and smart aleck '80s college rockers such as the Violent Femmes to let you know that this is all good fun. It's only rock 'n' roll, anyone? The Zygotes, Manray and Gumdropp round out the bill. (Safe bet)