Got to Tell the World (the band's third LP) is, start to finish, loaded with ear-candy hooks. If you don't have a handful of these melodies in your head after listening to the album once, you should see an otologist. The band can lean towards a “Soft Rock” side at times — the tune “Open” could have made Toto a million dollars — but the sturdy songcraft still shines through. The tracks that feature a strong, upbeat groove seem to work best: “Motion” and “Beating Like a Drum” (among others) infuse Ska rhythms, sounding a bit like The Samples; “The Saddest Girl in the World” has an anthemic quality and Third Eye Blindish jaunt; and the “hidden track,” “It's Not Over,” gives the band a chance to show off their musicianship as they go nuts during a 10-minute jam.
The band does “An Evening with …”-type show Saturday at the Southgate House, performing the entire night sans openers. They'll kick things off with an acoustic set, play the new album in full and close things out with a run through of their back catalog (and perhaps some surprises). In between sets, the Mimes will screen their documentary Behind the Mask as well as other new video footage. Get show details and Sound Advice here.