2014 was a very busy year for Brooklyn-based garage rockers Greasy Hearts. At the start of the year, they turned up at fledgling lo-fi label King Pizza Records with their debut EP already recorded, which the label put out straight away. A few months later, they were back in the studio with the label’s in-house producer Seth Applebaum recording new material – the six resultant songs sharper, the performances capturing more fire than before. Gigs were played…lots of gigs; guitarist Joey Farber also played and recorded with his other band The Jeanies. Somehow, between everything else, the Greasy Hearts still found time to record three more tracks, released here as part of a split release with Sun Voyager for the first time.
In 2012 a set of relatively simple, retro-sounding recordings appeared on the internet. The identity of the performer was unknown, but the fact that the piece of work came shrouded with mystery just added to the fun. Eventually, the Brooklyn based performer masquerading as The Underground Man outed himself as singer-songwriter Greg Adams, a man who’d also recorded as part of Swimclub and (later) The Minors. His piece of low-budget moonlighting felt as if it should be a one off deal…but a year on, Adams resurrected his alter ego for this EP, ‘Landlines’, featuring another four demo recordings.
The Minors are a Brooklyn based duo comprising of sometime Swimclub member Greg Adams and his multi-instrumentalist/producer/engineer nephew Tom Jebb. The idea of a homespun family duo brings back unpleasant memories of 2010’s oddball, misguided release by Quakers on Probation and while The Minors, too, could have used a little more of an outside influence from time to time, the core of their material actually shows promise. Their chosen sound – somewhere between a 60s power pop outfit and very light rock ‘n’ roll – is both user friendly and strangely familiar.