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Problem People

Problem People

Myco Nguyen

Problem People, Deadbeat 

When: Wed., March 16, 9:30 p.m. 2016
There’s nothing especially excessive or flashy about earnest local trio Problem People. A good thing, great even. Rather what makes their self-titled debut full-length so refreshing is its solid, immovable backbone—it’s a thrumming rock record that’s relentless in its exclusion of bells and whistles, shimmies and shakes. Singer/bassist Chris Clark (brother to Matt Clark of local label Tic Tac Totally, which released the record) smooths out his gravelly voice with enough reverb—and the hypnotic dissonance of Aaron Turney’s guitar reaches enough of a tipping point—that calling them gaze-y would be easy enough, but it’d be doing Problem People a disservice. Not because they don’t pull from that sound, but because they include so many other elements: thoughtful postrock, wistful early-aughts beard rock, anthemic punk. Tracks move from plaintive and catchy (“Fingers”) to triumphant and catchy (“Esso”), and each gets darker and better the more times it clicks through (particularly the eight-plus-minute closer, “Prom Song”). The album was released digitally in December, but tonight marks the release of the physical album. Don’t sleep on it.
— Kevin Warwick



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