While Grass is Green was busy ripping up Allston City Limits on January 4th, I found myself in serious Deja Vu Mode, as the Boston quartet’s sound reminded me of so many local bands of yore. Clickers came to mind initially because of the panned dueling guitars, but things slowed down at one point and I had images of Polaris Mine, then a bassline entered that I haven’t heard so prominent and crucial since Night Rally’s heyday. What’s even better is knowing GiG are largely unaware of these bands, unconsciously paying respects by working with the same ingredients and likely the same influences.
Ronson is Grass is Green’s third album in as many years, and “Riff Sibling” is a standout. Its big hook is coupled with a vocal delivery reminiscent of Tim Harrington or even Perry Ferrell, and like the bands they front, GiG is not afraid to inject significant groove into their punky ruckus. They make complex music, but it absolutely does not mean they want you arms-crossed and feet-planted.