Monday, 28 September 2015

Pezband - Thirty Seconds Over Schaumburg ep (1978)

The Pezband were part and parcel of the power pop vanguard, emerging from said genre's mid-to-late '70s wellspring, and while I never took a fanboy adherence to them, their 1977 debut was nothing short of a hooky, harmony-laden haven.  Two more full lengths followed, both of which were never investigated in full by yours truly, due in no small part to the hefty price tags adorning some Japanese reissues a few years ago, but I digress.  From my vantage point, the live Thirty Seconds Over Schaumburg, was a considerable departure from their original formula.  The Pez are exponentially looser and more freewheeling in this particular live setting, oozing guitar-god hard rock on the opener, a Yardbirds cover no less.  In some respects, this sounds like an arena recording given the extraneous guitar jams, but side two brings the band right back down to earth.  Taut, savvy originals "Close Your Eyes" and "Crash and Burn" satisfy in the way that only Midwestern power pop can, both of which are firmly in league with their Chicago brethren Off Broadway USA.  A fine thing if you ask me.

01. Blue Wind/Stroll On
02. I'm Not Talking
03. I'm Leaving
04. Crash and Burn
05. Close Your Eyes

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