The Resonars - No Exit Vinyl LP
The Resonars No Exit Vinyl LP
Tucson, Arizona's Matt Rendon has certainly done his homework. Over the course of 22 years and six albums as The Resonars (seven if you count the Butterscotch Cathedral album; a one-ff psychedelic magnum opus released in 2015) for labels like Get Hip and Burger, Rendon's musical vision has remained unwavering; a paean to a lost-era of analog recording, whip-smart, dynamic songwriting, and soul-stirring anthems to ignite generations. No Exit is his latest album as The Resonars.
No Exit kicks off with the epic clang of "Louise Tonight," which merges dive-bombing guitar licks and bombastic drumming, hinting at the controlled chaos of a modern day Townshend/Moon. Elsewhere, "The Man Who Does Nothing" evokes the shimmering harmonies of The Hollies atop a persistent backbeat, and tunes like "Before You're Gone" and "Beagle Theory" sidle up to a dreamy kiwi-jangle strong enough to make Martin Phillips jealous.
Conversely, tunes like side two's "All Those Hats" rages with an amphetamine-laced melodic tension reminiscent of The Buzzcocks or The Undertones. Rendon has consistently proven to have a knack for an everyman style of songwriting that doesn't seem rote or tired, lacing his melodic vocal harmonies with that melancholic joy omnipresent in the best numbers by bands like The Beach Boys, Big Star or even Simon & Garfunkel's pop hits.
Rendon typically handles all aspects of Resonars albums from the recording and engineering (at his own Midtown Island Studios) to the performance of every instrument, but for No Exit he employs the help of some friends and colleagues; Resonars live drummer Johnnie Rinehart plays on half the tunes, while sometimes live members Ricky Shimo and Travis Spillers play bass and sing (respectively) on two numbers.
Despite being the first Resonars album in five years, Rendon shows no signs of stopping; He's a rock & roll lifer, having been raised in a musical environment and osmosis through older sibling's rock fandom. Once it's inside you there's no escape. No Exit, if you will.
The Resonars No Exit Track Listing:
1. Louise Tonight
2. The Man Who Does Nothing
3. Gone Is The Road
4. Who's Gonna Believe You Now?
5. Days Fade Away
6. Before You're Gone
7. Tucson Drag / All Those Hats
8. Dull Today
9. Fell Into A World
10. Gotta Get Out
11. Attention Here
12. Beagle Theory
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