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Hoover's G-String
Elephant Parts (self-released)

By: Jeb Branin

It's been a long time but HOOVER'S G-STRING is back and better than ever. This band has always had the ability to take their pop in a myriad of directions but on Elephant Parts they out do even their own high standards. Their guitar pop is so brilliantly diverse it will have fans of the sound drooling at the splendor on offer. At any given time they are capitalizing on paths blazed by pop icons as dissimilar as the RAMONES, REM, THE KNACK, TRAIN, BRYAN ADAMS, JUNK MONKEYS, DEEP BLUE SOMETHING and THE REFRESHMENTS. Ultimately, in spite of (or maybe because of) such rich influences, HOOVERS G-STRING ends up sounding like nobody but HOOVERS G-STRING. Whether deftly navigating a Bruce Springsteen cover or kicking out one of their own soon-to-be classics like "Sweden" or "Catholic School Boy" or "Go Back to Texas;" this is one band that knows what to do when armed with a microphone, guitar, bass, and drum kit. Their music has a definite edge, primarily because they keep it loose and jangling, but they still manage to keep things easily accessible. Snotty yet smart. Humorous yet oddly glum at times. I gotta tell ya, I love it.
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