Staffers: In the Pigeon Hole tape (Ever/Never Records, 2020)

February 3, 2021 at 5:39 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Staffers: In the Pigeon Hole tape

Ryan McKeever is the frontman, guitarist, and songwriter of the Washington, DC-based Staffers. The group play a scrappy but spirited brand of hook-heavy post-punk which at times brings to mind certain aspects of Country Teasers, Oh Sees, and poppier Siltbreeze and In the Red bands. Saxophone, pedal steel, and toy piano add some color to the fuzzy guitars, and tracks like “Fuck the Brixton” (an ode to a shitty bar) are full of character and swaggering charm. “Jeremy” is the soaring climax, but “Getting Thinner” is also an anxiety-riddled highlight. As nervy as the album gets, it all winds down with a bitter country lament, “Just Another Tuesday”.

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