The split 7″ is a good concept. Chances are, you’ll buy one because you like one of the bands on it. The good thing though is that if you don’t know the other band on the record, you just might end up with a small sample of a new band you like. The split 7″ with Arliss Nancy and Those Crosstown Rivals (Shit Starter Records, 2012) is one where you’ll probably end up liking both bands.
The record begins with “Both Got Old” by Arliss Nancy. My first impression of this band is that if you like Two Cow Garage or Lucero, you’ll like this band. This is a song with a good story and good energy, and it has that same sort of gritty feel that you get from the two bands I mentioned.
“Look at Me” is the first song by Those Crosstown Rivals on the record. A few of things are immediately apparent about this band. First, this is a band that believes in volume (as we do). Second, this is a band that probably grew up listening to a lot of 70s southern rock. Finally, you realize that this band makes rock songs that could easily find their way onto commercial radio stations if only some middle-aged white guy championed the band’s cause. The hooks are that good.