Toronto's Kiwi Jr. don't just wear their influences on their sleeves; they've got them screen printed on their t-shirts. Pavement comparisons were in abundance for their 2019 debut, Football Money, and here on their sophomore effort, Cooler Returns, the band doesn't shrink from that. The Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain references are front and center on the opening Tyler, as band leader Jeremy Gaudet regales of backstage shenanigans: "I was falling apart in the green room, while you drank half the headliner's rider." And the later, Only Here For a Haircut, references, well, a haircut.
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