Hailing from what is described self-deprecatingly as Nowheretown in their press release, we feel it our patriotic duty to inform you that promising drums-and-guitar duo cleopatrick's debut LP was actually cooked up in the quiet town of Cobourg, ON. Made up of childhood friends Luke Gruntz and Ian Fraser, the Canadian pair deliver a solid offering of fuzzed-out garage rock on their first outing, and while much of your appreciation of BUMMER may derive from a prior affinity for stripped-down drums-and-guitar rock generally, their deft weaving of hip-hop elements into their sound is an interesting twist that sets the album apart from the usual two-person riff-fests.
But riffs there certainly are on BUMMER, and excellent grooves too, and plenty of pounding, cathartic moments throughout.
I've always felt some affinity for the Holden Caulfield, sticking-two-fingers-up to the world types. For me, It's been a high-school curiosity that borders on the scientific. Who are these dangerous kids that the nice girls are warned to stay well away from? Why is the pull towards pure recklessness so heavenly? cleopatrick stir up these juvenile thoughts and take me back to those days spent perfecting my death stare and avoiding the world in oversized headphones.