Washer "All Aboard"

by Rory Cooper

 

On their second full-length, All Aboard, Washer does what they do best: croak out lazily somber vocals and pump out big, ear-filling sound that belies their sparse guitar-and-drum instrumentation. The first half of the record picks up where Here Comes Washer left off, with a handful of tracks that highlight the musical benefits of a two-piece. Vocals lurk within guitar work that seamlessly shifts between chords and riffs, with drums topping things off with loose structures that lend a through-composed feel to the short, snappy songs.

 

All Aboard’s longer tracks, like “Afraid to Care,” show that the duo can bust out more than fuzzy two-minute songs. As the dynamic track shifts from a slacker’s self-awareness to an earnest admittance of personal shortcoming, the instruments follow along with clangy open chords and restrained drumming before bursting out into a trot for a triumphant and clear-eyed ending.

 

All in all, All Aboard is pretty great and an easy, rewarding listen. It draws on lo-fi ‘90s alt and adds a touch of unpretentious punk with a dash of new-rock fuzz. The album’s out now on Exploding In Sound, and the band’s in pretty good company with the likes of Pile, Ovlov, and Krill (RIP).

 

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