Two distinctive songwriters share the spotlight. Bassist Christian Smith writes the more serious numbers, the ones with more room for stretching out in concert if the group feels like it. "The Moon in Sun City" takes a fresh approach to the modern alt-rock formula of alternating soft and loud parts, going from jazzy chords in the quiet bits to crunchy power-pop sounds in the noisy sections. Singer/guitarist Tony Franco writes the obvious radio hits, bubblegum confections that bounce from idea to idea before you figure out how much fun you're having. Imagine a merger of the Sweet's "Little Willie" with the Breeders' "Cannonball," and you're in the right ballpark for Franco's "5-4-3-2." The mind boggles, contemplating what might have happened if the Chinn-Chapman production team had gotten hold of it in their '70s heyday.
At present, the Sayers' recordings are decidedly lo-fi, though the songs and musicianship are strong enough to overcome the muddy sound. This is a very young band, with the potential to be one of the best in St. Louis.
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