A stable debut by supergroup Filthy Mates delivers precisely what its lineage guarantees

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Supergroups all the time appear like a good suggestion, however seldom do they quantity to something apart from the sum of their components. And Filthy Mates have a variety of components: Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney; Peter Buck of R.E.M.; Kurt Bloch of The Fastbacks; Invoice Rieflin of Ministry, King Crimson, and R.E.M.; and Scott McCaughey of Younger Recent Fellows. (Veteran drummer Linda Pitmon additionally fills in.) That’s a variety of names and affiliations, however the huge attraction right here is the union of Tucker and Buck, an inimitable vocalist and some of the influential guitarists of the choice period.


The duo shares songwriting credit on Invitation, and its hooky power-pop—typically jangly (“Light Afternoon,” “Any Sort Of Crowd”), typically aggressive (“No Forgotten Son,” the “Vacation In The Solar”-esque guitar of “Makers”)—properly combines the songwriters’ kinds. “Windmill” appears like a Sleater-Kinney B-side or Corin Tucker solo monitor, and the wonderful “Any Sort Of Crowd” may cross for late-’80s R.E.M. With Tucker and Buck sharing songwriting credit, it’s unclear in the event that they each wrote lyrics, although a lot of them replicate Tucker’s lengthy concern with social justice: the “Your time has handed, outdated white males” assault of “Despierata”—its “Despierta, senador” refrain interprets to “Get up, senator”—to the specter of Black Lives Matter in “No Forgotten Son.”

Tucker is a pointy author, her lyrics typically avoiding cliché and pat constructions, whether or not she’s polemic or private. Invitation’s weaker moments veer in that course, just like the refrain of “Second Life” (“And in case you run with me / A second life so free / Let’s see what we might be / One other probability you’ll see”) or the repetition of “Come Again Shelley” (“She’s left dwelling once more / Don’t know if we’ll see her once more / Come again Shelley, allow us to kind you out / Give us yet another probability to determine it out”). Who is aware of whether or not these got here from Tucker or Buck, however Invitation is robust sufficient as an entire to breeze previous these weaker moments. Filthy Mates’ debut supplies precisely what their lineage guarantees, and in relation to supergroups, that quantities to popping out forward.

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