On their Web site, The Comforts call themselves “crowd pleasers at biker bars and church festivals.” Listening to their latest release, the six-song EP Come On In!, it’s hard to tell whether that nod to their evident fan base is tongue-in-cheek or honest, because the Anderson Township-based band actually sounds pretty damn good for a grown-up bubblegum band content with hitting the suburban circuit.
These guys (and gal) churn out new-wavey guitar Pop with just the right amount of attitude, playful irony and an unabated sense of fun. Lead singer Frances Lynne Merk sounds like a warmer, folksier Debbie Harry, and when guitarist/singer Paul Lake pipes in with his calls-andresponses and sturdy harmonies on songs like “Circles Never End” or the excellent “Small Town Girl,” the results almost recall late-period B-52’s (think “Roam”) or maybe even X but with more laid-back flair than flamboyance.
Catch ’em at a church parking lot near you this summer, or head to Anderson Bar and Grill (8060 Beechmont Ave.) for their CD release party at 9 p.m. Friday.
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