Move over, Love Experts. Theres a new kid in town specializing in meticulously constructed pop songs that are years in the making: Finns Motel
, the project of singer-songwriter Joe Thebeau. The bands been considered a work-in-progress since 2003 the year Thebeau started demoing tunes for the upcoming full-length Scat Records debut, Escape Velocity
and is now a trio consisting of Thebeau, Prisonshakes Patrick Hawley and Love Expert Steve Scariano. (Further circle-of-life-ness: Love Experts vocalist Steve Carosello guests on Velocity
, as does Scat Records owner Robert Griffin.) Velocity
is due out September 19, and its a catchy platter of ragged Replacements thrash, ringing power-pop and sprightly, second-wave Nuggets
garage rock in short, exactly the type of polished rock one would expect from this cadre of talented musicians.