Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Burrowss to Release Get Scary EP Tonight with a Show at 2720 Cherokee

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 7:10 AM


When I reviewed Burrowss' debut last September, I found the collection to be an enjoyable but hodgepodge series of songs -- lots of promise with no direction or distinct personality. Don't Take It Slow touched on lo-fi pop, roots-rock, garage-pop and a host of other hyphenated-genre bastardizations. For the six-song Get Scary EP, the band sharpens its focus on hyper and poppy garage rock, with principals Matt Stuttler (guitar and organ) and Emily Keefauver (vocals and keyboard) settling into their roles.

See Also: - Burrowss Debut Album: Review and Full Preview Stream

Courtesy of Burrowss
  • Courtesy of Burrowss

By beefing up the lineup (Bryan Perry and Jesse Kornhardt now compose the rhythm section) and embarking on a regional tour with like-minded duo Bruiser Queen, Burrowss has forged itself into a seriously fun and seriously rocking quartet. That's a hard balance to get right.

The tinny, Casio-borne drum intro of opening track "Teenage Wasteland" winks at the band's basement-pop beginnings but quickly shifts to Stuttler's fuzzy, sloppy riffs and the real-life drum fills of a kinetic Kornhardt. Any doubt of the band's rock cred is erased by the for-real guitar solo during the bridge. It's that kind of bait-and-switch that Burrowss is refining on these six songs.

Burrowss at Foam in December. Video courtesy of Stephen Houldsworth and Graham Matthews

The ba-ba-ba boogie of "Boy" is undercut by some ominous low-end synth squiggles and Keefauver's mantra: "I'm gonna kill for you." We've known that girl-group pop could be scary since the Shangri-Las, and it's nice to see it recast in this slightly more menacing light. Elsewhere, the quick-and-dirty spurts of scuzz-punk befit a release whose only physical iteration is on cassette (digital downloads exist as well). "I Wanna Get Drunk" has a title that speaks for itself, while "Runnin'" and Talkin'" are mirror images of each other, though Keefauver shows her range on the latter.

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation