Underdog – ‘Trans Global Amnesia’

The sophomore album from Boston-based rockers Underdog, Trans Global Amnesia dazzles with an array of heavy rock vigor and jangly power-pop hookiness. The band has been making waves around the Boston area since forming in 2013, with founding members Scott Ferguson and Bryn Carlson knowing one another since the early ’80s — playing together in Boston area bands since then, as well. Their veteran rock songwriting and production enamors throughout the release.

“You Told Me” kicks off the album with a fuzzed-out rock ferocity, captivating with its commandingly capricious rock outpouring. A raspy vocal presence submerges beneath the heady guitar tones, for a no-frills rock emphasis. The more chipper, jangly nature of “Summer Song” eschews some of that aggression for a radiant power-pop direction, emphasizing the act’s approachable aesthetical directions.

A fuzzy rock ferocity returns with enduring appeal on “Louie & Marie,” channeling a warming, familiar guitar progression into nostalgic twangs at the two-minute turn — parts timeless garage-rock with sludgy ’90s alternative nostalgia. The finale “Blow Your Face Off” is another gem, intertwining bluesy guitars with a “we’ll keep on rockin’ ’til my day is done,” ethos. Rock ‘n’ roll certainly lives on throughout the compelling Trans Global Amnesia.

“You Told Me” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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