Here’s some cool sounds for a warm spring or summer day (hang on, Boston, we’re getting there). The I Want You wants you to listen to their new EP, Ah Really. Ok, so that was a little too obvious. These guys are bright and colorful, from their sound, which is buoyant, spacey and punk-psychedelic, to their website, which is all about television color bars and crazy crayon rainbows. Ah Really has crazy colors too. There’s petulant punk and pretty melodies in the title track, and languid and dreamy vocal harmonies in “Queen Celeste” that almost sound Beatlesque. “Drifting” is exactly that, with the persistant percussion holding things together while the music and vocals weave in and out and meander around. “Not Giving It Up” is a compact gem, with its off-kilter vocals and bits of melodic dissonance that makes the song utterly delightful. “Total Disaster” throws everything out there, ending in wonderfully unhinged mayhem.
The I Want You features Jim Gerdeman (8-string bass, vocals), Jonathan Ulman (drums), Blake Girndt (guitar, vocals) and Jonathan Donaldson (guitar, casio, vocals). You know a band is serious when their instrumentation includes a casio. They have two local shows scheduled in the next few months. They’ll be at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge on June 4 for their EP release show (presented by priMORDIAL sOUNDS), along with Spirit Kid and Reports. On July 2, they head over to T.T. the Bear’s Place and will be playing with Joe Turner and the 7 Levels and Slowdim.
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