September 26, 2009

Mod-A-Day: The Insomniacs

The Insomniacs have lived up to their name over the years. Since they first took the stage in 1998 the band has hardly rested at all releasing a ton of singles and EPs in the 90s and finally their first LP in 1997. From their earliest recordings, such as the Wake Up for Estrus Records, to their later offerings on Get Something Going and Switched On, The Insomniacs have delivered the kind of power pop I can believe in -- supercharged guitars, driving drum beats, and very cool cascading bass lines. The sound is one that will evoke memories of The Who, The Small Faces, and The Jam. But it isn't so derivative that you feel like you've heard it all before. They keep it fresh, with just enough of a modern vibe that you wonder why it isn't getting more radio play somewhere? The song here, "That's Alright" has a definite modern garage rock sound not unlike The Hivesor The Mooney Suzuki, less raw than either of those to be sure, but still edgy and with an undeniable intensity. One thing I've always liked about The Insomniacs is their ability to sound so much bigger than they are. How do three guys play with so much enthusiasm, energy, and ambition? No matter how, they do it and with aplomb.

The Insomniacs -- That's Alright