Lately the music media has been buzzing about the lamentable term "twinklecore
," which it's noticed that people have been using to describe any underground rock band with an inclination toward the jittery, chimelike guitars of 90s emo. The revisionist emo sound has been percolating through the DIY scene for years, and bands both local (Into It. Over It.
) and national (Monument
, Everyone Everywhere
) have taken it in odd and exciting directions. Chicago-via-Philly musician Dave Collis joins their ranks with his band My Dad: twinkly guitars are a big part of the off-kilter songs on the group's 2012 debut, Stunts
(Swerp), which can change from messy, caterwauling punk to surging pastoral melody in seconds. My Dad nails emo's characteristic overlap of elation and despair on the standout track "83 and Loving It
," which begins as a rager, then becomes beautifully downcast, and finally combines the energy of both sections in its majestically uplifting closing seconds. Collins clearly has the potential to write great songs, and I hope the fact that somebody is bound to slap the word "twinkle" on him won't drive people away from his music. —Leor Galil Native headlines; My Dad and Droughts open.