New Album Reviews
Taking their name from John Lennon’s character in the 1966 Dick Lester movie How I Won the War, the Grip Weeds are steeped in both the Beatles and Byrds. As well as alternating between tough, sexy Ticket to Ride guitar lines and slow-mo tidal waves of 12-string jangle-and-chime, they recreate vocal harmonies from both bands. It’s all done with warmth and freshness, though, even if founding brothers Kurt and Rick Reil have been at it for 13 years now (this is their third LP). The sumptuous guitar sounds, crafted by Rick Reil and Kristin Pinell, are the grip Weeds’ glory. But continued cultish obscurity is guaranteed by their lack of a Neil Finn or Noel Gallagher to provide songs of similarly resurrective quality.
Phil Sutcliffe ***