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ALBUM REVIEW: Junebug Spade – The Age of Love (Milkman Records) 2016

It was nearly five years ago when I was praising Oklahoma City-based alt-rockers Junebug Spade, who had released the very accessible Extra Virgin Olive Oil EP, and made my best of 2012 album list that year, ahead of a Cornershop record. Not bad, eh?

And having caught them live only enhanced my love of their sound. It’s a sound that is a bit like Suck It and See-era Arctic Monkeys mixed with 60’s garage-rock harmonies and an ever-so-slight alt-country flavors and neo-psychedelic kisses (Brian Jonestown Massacre? The Flaming Lips?) that give them an Okie grounding and appeal.

Singer Peter Anthony Seay, along with guitarists Dustin Hunt and AJ Sadeghi, bassist Kyle Mayfield and drummer Matt Barrett, make up the tight quintet which blows ever-so-confidently through the 11 tracks on The Age of Love, which was recorded and Blackwatch Studios and Bell Labs in Norman and Lunar Manor in OKC.

And let me say that The Age of Love has been receiving a lot of spins here at the offices of Red Dirt Report!

“Turn You On,” the opener, with Hunt and Sadeghi trading catchy riffs is a solid song with a radio-friendly rock groove that is propulsive and percussive. I’m turned on!

There’s a more sexy and muscular vibe on “Sweet Seventeen” with a chorus that stays with you

“Don’t Talk to Strangers” has a indie-pop vibe that sounds reminiscent of some of the garage bands that were coming out of Oklahoma and Texas in the middle 60’s (The Five Americans, Mouse and The Traps). I think they just need to add a Farfisa organ and the musical time machine is complete, dig?

“Age of Love,” the title track, is gorgeous, indie-pop balladry while “Radio Heartbreak” boogies quite nicely as Seay offers a song with throwback-style lyrics and phrasing that seem so now, ya know? And the leash is loosened on drummer Barnett, who bashes away with verve and style.

Closing out the record are “Dirty Dreams” and “Eugene,” two songs that are stylistically different - the former a rocker, the latter a more acoustic-rock ballad, but with some muscle and a trippy outro - but connect well as mirrors of one another in mood.

Stop me if I gush too much! It’s just that bands like Junebug Spade are really few and far between, although I have a hope that things are changing in the alt-rock/indie scene and that the kids are mining the past while focusing on the future. And that’s healthy for everyone!

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