After listening to Wallpaper's K Records debut, On The Chewing Gum Ground, over and over and over again, I sincerely wish I could cover my bedroom walls with it. No, really. If I could always wake up surrounded by bouncy, cheerful rock and roll music with bongos and keyboards and lots of different guitars, I would be a happier person. A whole lot of modern up and coming rock bands seem determined to become The Band 2.0, with results that range from mediocre to disastrous. The fellas in Wallpaper, on the other hand, would rather hang out in the '60s punk rock realm alongside bands like The Kinks, with claps, bongos and a little Chuck Berry rhythm guitar thrown in for good measure. Not long ago, the Wallpaper crew (brothers Derek and Spencer Kelley and friend Steve Potter) self-released an EP, Pop Rocket (which, unlike On The Chewing Gum Ground, does not contain the song "Pop Rocket"). Then K Records decided to sign them and put out On The Chewing Gum Ground, and I'm so happy they did. I don't quite know how I got along without this album in my life; once you hear it, you won't either.
Sat., Nov. 8, 9 p.m., 2008