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The ranch dressing of music blogs by Brady Gerber.

Tommy Boys on Bandcamp.

Rating: 3.5 out of 4.

Tommy Boys are new to me and apparently to most of us. Their lone 2015 self-titled album is their only Bandcamp release other than a few demos, and their new release Tommy Boys Remix is a “light” remix (as in “very” light) of …. you guessed it. I bring this up because I first heard “College Radio” and felt like it was a throwback to the earliest, less self-righteous days of the most recent big emo revival wave … until I realized that the original version of “College Radio” is literally from those early days. No matter. “College Radio” feels light on its feet and very much in line with that more math rock-ish emo era before it was swallowed up by shoegaze, hardcore, and I Think You Should Leave TikTok memes. Give me a good drummer and fun riffs and I’ll never be bored, even from a genre that’s all about finding the profound in stylish boredom.

-Brady Gerber

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