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The Fresh and Onlys – Diamond In The Dark

Written by Daniel Clarke on March 8, 2010

With their first release on Captured Tracks (and seventh official offering in less than two years of existence as a band) San Francisco’s The Fresh & Onlys have completely shed the shackles of the “garage rock” pigeonhole (a set of handcuffs which never fit them particularly well).

From the eruption of feedback that introduces ‘Diamond In The Dark’, the Onlys announce that something new is afoot. Anthemic rock’n’roll that only mid 90’s Guided By Voices or maybe the early Who were capable of. Big statements without studio trickery.

The new Fresh & Onlys EP, August in My Mind, contains the components that made their earlier recordings compelling (co-songwriter Shayde Sartin’s propulsive bass lines & melodic influence & drummer Kyle Gibson’s incredible time keeping and power) while also exploring new wave flourishes in great tracks like ‘Dreaming Is Easy’ & ‘Garbage Collector’.

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