She's Gone (LP)


Upset

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Amoeba Review

10/28/2013

The word supergroup is thrown around a lot in reference to bands made up of people who've previously played in notable bands. For Upset, we should use the term "power trio." Ali Koehler, who's drummed for Vivian Girls and Best Coast, takes the mic here to deliver power-pop confessionals equally doused in sugar and vinegar, perhaps best exemplified by the title track. Guitarist Jenn Prince wraps the four-chord punk anthems in acidic rock riffs, taking the lead for a breathy, Ramones-style kiss-off in "Game Over." Meanwhile, drummer Patty Schemel is, of course, a force of nature, keeping it subtle so as not to distract from Koehler's sweet voice and unleashing when necessary, going full hardcore on tracks like "Let it Go" and badass closer "You and I." With Kyle Gilbride of Swearin' (who recorded the album) providing walking basslines, the band comes together remarkably for the grungey pop of "Oxfords & Wingtips," which takes Neil Young chords and puts them in a modern twee-punk context, with Koehler singing about an ex-friend or lover—"you are everything I shouldn't be hung up on," she sings before declaring, "I can't remember feeling worse than this." Koehler, Prince and Schemel make twentysomething angst fun again on She's Gone.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Back To School
Upset 01:35
2.
She's Gone
Upset 03:02
3.
Oxfords And Wingtips
Upset 02:53
4.
Queen Frosteen
Upset 02:44
5.
About Me
Upset 02:32
6.
Game Over
Upset 02:48


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Don't Lose Your Dinosaur
Upset 02:11
2.
Never Wanna
Upset 02:22
3.
Let It Go
Upset 01:46
4.
Tobacco
Upset 01:42
5.
Phone Calls
Upset 03:50
6.
You And I
Upset 01:51

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