September 6, 2007


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The Perishers, Victorious
Nettwerk Records, Sept. 4
It’s always a reverent stop-the-presses around here when Nettwerk shoots over their latest pearl intended for the betterment of the easy-listening-alt-pop swine. As with State Radio and The Format, The Perishers spend countless torturous nights writing their material, resulting in the sort of regal air that most indie bands try to fake through “experimental” shock and awe. By the same token — and this is the tough part — they don’t bury listeners up to their necks in post-Goo Goo Dolls saccharine. Sure, they’ve got a weird name (they’re Swedish, whaddaya want) and if you’re emotionally stunted enough to hate Jackson Browne with a passion you’ll want to look elsewhere, because guitarist/frontman Ola Klüft could make a decent living doing “Running on Empty” at sushi-bar karaoke contests. Fragile folk ballads and stoic four-chord rock-outs are carefully decorated with slide guitar, banjo and background singer lilt. The coda of alt-country slow-poke “Best Friends” is the recommended download. AEric W. Saeger.