The new Phonolux: Miguel Romero, Dave Novak, Armando Mora (new bassist, who didn't play on the EP) and Buddy Calvo. Former member Art Guillermo did take part of the EP sessions. (photo by Darren Abate)
Serving as a stopgap between last year’s excellent Nashville Fires and an in-the-works full-length slated for early next year, the Feathered Fortress title seems to indicate a fairly lightweight affair. But the power-pop four-piece throws that impression right out on the strength of the killer opener “Hurricane.” It’s a track as instantly gratifying as anything Phonolux has ever produced, anchored by propulsive piano and featuring a killer guitar charge at the end. Fortress’ remaining five tracks don’t quite come on with such a rush, but there’s plenty more substance to be found, particularly on the cleverly twisting “Goodbye.”
Catch Phonolux live on Saturday, July 20 at Limelight (with White Elefant and Pale Blue Dot), and August 24 at Revolution Room.