Down And Out
Label: Wind-Up - Concord
Sydney-based synth-poppers craft self-described "tequila-inspired party pop" that is more sugary margarita than Añejo neat. Streamlining the fizzier tendencies of Vampire Weekend, the Griswolds mix mild worldbeat rhythms into hook-laden choruses that indeed prove infectious, even if the pleasures fade quickly. The standout track is nonsensical single "Beware the Dog." However, the Faith No More-channeling chipmunk cheerleaders chanting "Be! Impressive! Be! Impressive!" all over the title cut may worm their way deep into unsuspecting brains.