When you first think about it, a band called the Torn ACLs just sounds painful by nature. It invokes images of nasty football injuries and crutches and surgery due to twisted and torn ligaments. Not exactly a peachy mental trip. But then you have Seattle's Torn ACLs who make dreamy pop-rock ballads that take you in a totally different direction. Ever since I first heard this band via the Sound on the Sound'smusic blog, I've been impressed with their infectious single, "Reputation."
With all of its fuzzy, syncopated hand claps, mismatched vocals, and surf-rock guitar effects, "Reputation" is hard to not fall in love with. The band will be playing that song, plus a whole lot more tonight at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard. Tim and the Time Machines and Man Rockwell are also performing. The gig starts at 9 p.m, it's 21& up, and admission is $6. That's a very recession friendly price. And if you haven't heard the song before, check it out below.