Calibretto 13

Calibretto 13

Adventures In Tokyo

Tooth & Nail

Boy, these guys have a ton of hype fueling their engines these days, and I’m not all too sure as to why that is. This six-song EP was my first full taste of Calibretto 13 (having heard only a couple of compilation tracks in the past), and I must say that the hype on these guys could be better spent on some of the other stallions in Tooth & Nail’s stable (namely Eso Charis).

Right from the get-go, Calibretto 13 let the listener know that they fully appreciate the quirky dork pop of years past, in the form of a Dead Milkmen, Violent Femmes, and Stray Cats milkshake. If you can imagine the quirky lyricism of the Milkmen (if you can live with very pro-Christain snippets… I can), the urgent drums, bass, and vocal style of early Violent Femmes, and the merciless guitar style of Brian Setzer and Stray Cats, then you’ll salivate for this band.

One thing Adventures In Tokyo has going for it is incredible singability. I didn’t really get all that excited about this CD, but a couple of the songs really dug themselves into my head after just three listens! That’s pretty impressive, considering I really didn’t want the songs in my head at all.

I can’t really call Adventures… bad, because it isn’t. It’s very energetic garage type music, in the vein of the bands mentioned above. Sadly, I just couldn’t get into it. I’m guessing the price tag will be pretty low, so if you’re willing to take a chance, give Adventures… a whirl.

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