Have The Smiths resurfaced in St. Paul, Minnesota? Power-pop quartet The Persian Leaps must been listening a lot to Marr, Moz and co. Throw in a bit of old school R.E.M., a dash of The Replacements and presto: a recipe for a sweet EP.
Praise Elephants is loaded with jangling guitar hooks; noise pop with a flourish that has college rock radio written all over it. There is heartfelt lament (Not That Brave), raw shoegaze (Silent Treatment, Sleepless) and well-executed Big Star inspired harmonizing (Exponentially Devoted). This is an EP that should be in heavy rotation at independent record stores. Can someone offer them a limited 10" vinyl release?
The Persian Leaps:
Drew Forsberg: vocals, guitar
Brad Hendrickson: guitar, vocals
Neil McCloskey: bass, vocals
Mike McCloskey: drums, vocals
(Note: after recording the EP Neil McCloskey moved to another city. They are down a trio for now, with Brad Hendrickson switching over to bass).
- Hard Feelings
- Not That Brave
- Silent Treatment
- Exponentially Devoted
- 01/10 Cause Spirits & Soundbar, Minneapolis, MN
- 02/20 Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul, MN