TWO HOURS TRAFFIC-“Little Jabs”

Posted: July 23, 2007 by dillion in Uncategorized

Today, we’re going to discuss a little band called Two Hours Traffic, on a label I’ve never heard of before now, Bumstead Records. Little Jabs is the band’s second album, a joyful collection of pop rocks that burst open in your mouth with delicious hooks and melodies. There’s some cool power chord pop on song like “Heatseeker” and “Nighthawks,” as well as some ’70s style folk pop like “Heroes of the Sidewalk,” with it’s catchy chorus (“You’re my idea of a lady, hold on to my bootstraps baby, and drag me around by your pony tail”). Lyrically, all of the songs are simply written — which is the only weakness on the album. The words can become simple to the point of being trite. But that’s not a problem on every song, for sure, and the music more than makes up for it. It’s got that distinctive Canada indie rock sound (particularly “Whenever We Finish”), marked by other bands like Detective Kalita. Very little bass, gentle harmonies. . . Really excellent stuff. I’ve been enjoying listening to this album over and over again. In fact, it’s so good I’m loathe to finish writing this review because I don’t want to turn it off.

Heroes of the Sidewalk

Whenever We Finish

Comments
  1. Tom Barson says:

    I do a near two-hour commute most days from Lansing to Detroit, so when XM’s Canadian channel announced a song by a group called “Two Hours Traffic”, I was pretty sure I was going to, like, relate. The song was “Stuck for the Summer” and I smiled, started tapping my (brake) foot, and laughed out loud. Too good to be true.

    I agree that THT lyrics, to put it charitably, need some work–but part of the bands appeal are the naive sounding vocals they drape around these undercooked, early 60’s lyrics. Heatseeker, which you mention, is a prime example: Liam proclains himself a “heat seeker”, but in inviting this young lady to his hideaway he sounds about as dangerous as a 10 year old showing off his treehouse to the gorl next door. FOB these guys are not. Ron Mann, who produced the latest video, said THT reminded him of “Paul Revere and the Raiders”!

    TB

  2. Rosio Mettler says:

    You would be crazy to not use more Twitter marketing

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