I was hooked on The Reflectors from the moment the first chords of ‘All Made Up‘ blasted out of my speakers. This is unabashedly American power pop, soaked in sunshine and California vibes.
The Reflectors don’t try too hard to hide their influences, the album title, ‘Faster Action‘ alone can give you a hint about what this sounds like. They lay down a sound that draws from names like the Flamin’ Groovies, The Records, the Raspberries and Big Star, and some more modern influences like Teenage Fanclub, and The Thrills, (who funnily enough are from Scotland and Ireland respectively).
The band picks up where they left off on their debut ‘First Impressions‘ and they sound confident and focused with crisp and bright production, once again courtesy of the band and Jonny Bell (Crystal Antlers). They breeze through 11 tracks of pure candy in just over 25 minutes. But be warned, they are not merely imitating, these boys have serious songwriting chops coming through with impeccable melodies and just enough jangle.
The album is now available in Europe, co-released by Time For Action (Germany), Beluga (Sweden), and Snap! (Spain) on limited vinyl and CD. A North American release is scheduled for 2022.
James Carman – guitar / vocals
Ryan Miranda – bass
Nick Faciane – guitar / vocals
Johnny Reyes – drums