Artist: The Customers
Title: Howling At The Moon
Label: Rob's House Records
Release date: June 2009
The Customers, just like fellow new Atlanta bands The Stolen Hearts, Barreracudas, and G.G. King, are a group of familiar faces who have wasted no time putting out a quality debut single.
As the sticker on the cover implies, The Customers is a product of three Atlanta bands from yesteryear parting ways, as Chris Van Etten from The Carbonas plays bass, former Heart Attacks drummer Brad Goocher is behind the kit, and Stephen Hutton from Beat Beat Beat provides unique vocals and penned the lyrics for this debut single. The fourth Customer, Travis, is Tuk's younger brother, and he holds his own with his more seasoned bandmates.
"Howling At The Moon" is pretty straightforward rock and roll modeled after The Replacements (Sorry Ma era) and driven by Travis' riffs and Stephen's raspy vocals.
On "She's Heroin," Travis and Stephen's intertwining voices and guitars garner more Replacements comparisons. That comparison almost seems too easy, though a new band bottling even a few drops of the formula that made Minnesota's finest so great on songs like, say, "Customer," surely is everything but easy.
"Monster on the Loose" maintains the a-side's quality, as the skills of Brad, the best drummer The Heart Attacks ever had, comes to the forefront of a song that is loud and fast without being sloppy and on the verge of imploding.
The band wasted no time hitting the studio, as they recorded this with Randy Michael early this year around the time they started playing out live. Here's hoping they waste no time hooking up with Randy again for more Replacements-style rockers about the monsters and demons in everyday life.