DOWNLOAD: Grimis, "Bagheera" (mp3)
You say 90 percent of bands today seem like water added to a packet of pulverized denim and powdered hair gel? Meet Grimis of Andover. They’ve been around for eight years, 200 shows, and three albums, but a bunch of you probably don’t know about them — which means a bunch of you stand to have a new favorite bunch of songs. “Bagheera,” off the homonymous album they released in August (right before their six-week US tour), is a bold lead-off — a sprawl of darkish Americana that dangles its long legs in a pond of indie-pop innocence. Elsewhere on the album, we get glittering guitar rock à la chiller Built To Spill (“Lunar Bicycle”), steel-strung O’Rourkisms (“Four Colors Four Words”), and Sea and Cakey pop expeditions (“Ode to Pete”). Check them out December 14 at the Middle East upstairs with Blastronauts, Action Verbs, and Plastic Reverie. Meanwhile, grab “Bagheera” above.
-- Michael Brodeur