Great Low Down opens with “Julia, Dear,” a nod to the band’s punk sensibility, though slightly countered by a soaring melody. There’s an absence of the biting snarl preferred by vintage punkers and their new age protégé; instead, singer John Epperly sounds less disgruntled as he does worn in. Never more so than on “Kid Glove Tangerine,” a very Westerberg-esque self-designated state of weariness (“You took your tongue tearing apart…me”) or the album’s closer, “Black Rain,” that wanders without a destination and feels like the lyrical equivalent of restless legs. Of course, The Archive can bring it on when they want to, and “Holy Ground” boasts a guitar-driven fury that reminds us this is not a band so easily compartmentalized. As a whole, Great Low Down suggests a symbolic clock is ticking and the band—while somewhat disillusioned by the state of things—can’t help but chase the elusive white rabbit, reason be damned.
Watch the video for “Julia, Dear”
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