GENRE | WELL-DONE DIY
VERDICT | PLAY ON REPEAT
LABEL | OLD FLAME RECORDS
RELEASE | 2.14.12
For Boston-based indie rockers You Won’t, DIY is no gimmick. This debut album was self-produced and recorded in a home studio, and though it possesses a certain lo-fi roughness, it hardly sounds slapped together.
Frontman Josh Arnoudse and band mate Raky Sastri arrange Arnoudse’s wry compositions with the delight of boys playing in the basement, grabbing at any handy piece of junk—cardboard boxes, cell phones, street signs—to build a rich yet delicate backdrop to twelve charming songs.
Despite being a songwriter’s band, You Won’t is as much a percussionist’s project—Sastri is a drummer—and Skeptic thrums with blood-pumping energy. Arnoudse writes of thwarted romance and the disillusionment of adulthood, but there is a sweetness to his songs that prevents even his darkest lyrics from floundering in melancholy. Skeptic spans the textural gamut from grumbling guitar distortion to a piano’s gentle plunk, and even in their quietest moments, You Won’t display a big-heartedness that belies the pessimism implicit in their name.
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