At first listen The Torn ACLs might not sound like the most impressive band on the radio. There are odds against them. Their music is simple. The guitars are stripped down. They’re the least showy pop band ever. The singer sounds like the vocalist of your brother’s garage band. Still, their songs are memorable, their hooks are enticing and they’ve got the all around feel good vibe. You’ll be singing songs like Just Don’t Crash the Boss’ Car, Election Night, and Bass Drum without even realizing it. They are fun. These are guys you want to hang out with and they’re guys who want to hang out with you.
They just released their album “Make A Break, Make A Move” and are attempting to bring Indie-Pop back to the greater Seattle music scene. The instrumentation changes with each song; some are lead by electric guitar rhythm, other are recognized through ultimately catchy lyrics, while on special occasions they’ll pull out xylophones and trombones. Still the music is always minimalistic pop. It’s a mix between Real Estate and We Are Scientists, two bands who urge the crowd to dance but chill out at the same time.
The complaint with this record is that it could be more powerful. These songs should be louder. Instead of being songs that get stuck in your head they should be songs that demand you to dance. Right now they are a perfect band to see at a bar when people are looking for anything to dance to and looking to have a good night. The Torn ACLs have the right attitude but with the right production they could be a band everyone needs to dance to.