The release party for "Take Cover" is Jan. 13 at King Cat Theater
Out Like Pluto
For the sake of clearing the air: Yes, Out Like Pluto is a pop-punk band fronted by a female with orange hair. It's unfortunate that any band photos depicting the Seattle five-piece might get confused with Paramore, because Take Cover is a fun, poppy, and energetic record that deserves to stand on its own accord.
There's an immediate sense of '90s attitude on songs like "Where to Begin" and "Bridge," with inklings of No Doubt and Garbage present. But it's the tweaked sense of pop and attitude that plays more like Taylor Swift if she wore Converse and listened to Simple Plan in middle school. But that's not a bad thing. The lyrics are believable and genuine, unlike the emo-pop mouthful typical of competing girl bands.
Singer Kari Tarr has an enchanting and powerful voice that's the undisputed backbone of the group, and the band's potential for stardom isn't more evident than on "Bridge": the shortest song on Take Care, but easily the catchiest. "We can stay up late with the record player on, but there's only melody when you're gone this long."
The momentum built on "Bridge" is achingly catchy, but it gets mauled by the chorus of "Rocco." The shrill, off-key, "harmonious" whoa-oh-oh's are painful and need some serious attention. As a whole, Take Cover is perfect for anyone who has been looking back to old songs on their iTunes library to meet some need for a nostalgic rush.