CD Reviews: The Throwdowns and Linus
Don’t Slow Down
As a band, the Maui-based Throwdowns are barely a year old, but you’d never be able to tell from this improbably solid album. It’s just seven tracks long, but every song is a winner: catchy bursts of punk pop with a touch of reggae—think No Doubt or The Clash. There’s even a touch of electro, with a Postal Service-sounding bonus remix of the lead single, “Kihei Town.” Expect to hear more from this outfit.
WHITE MARKS ON A WHITE WALL
For more than a decade now, local band Linus has been crafting a unique mix of angular indie and rousing surf-rock. White Marks, its second album, does a good job of showing its progression over the years. Lead singer David Neely is still sometimes pitchy, but the band’s best songs—“SoSo,” for example—build hooky guitar riffs to an irresistible crescendo. Perfect for jumping around your bedroom to.