The Perms - Keeps You Up When You're Down
Keeps You Up When You're Down is the aptly titled fourth album from Winnipeg rock trio The Perms. It's the band's first studio album in over three years.
The album is a collection of twelve melodic pop rock songs. Vocals harmonies, courtesy of brothers Shane and Chad Smith (wonder how many RHCP references that gets), and bright, catchy choruses are the hallmark of the album.
The band wastes no notes in the process of creating tight, perfectly crafted pop tunes. Tracks like "The Mess" and "It Won't Hurt At All" don't push any creative musical boundaries. All they do is burrow their way into your brain, endlessly repeating their fat hooks in your head while you try to sleep at night. Unfortunately, the only way I've found to dislodge it is another Perms song.
Don't expect anything terribly deep with the lyrics. They aren't going to shed light on the human condition. What you can expect is clever and witty songwriting, not unlike what you'd get from Fountains Of Wayne, or on a Canadian level, The Odds.
The Perms are one of Canadian music's best kept secrets. With songs like these why the Hell haven't I heard of them before now?
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