Memphis quintet the Bulletproof Vests returns May 18 with exuberant 7-inch

First, awesome name: The Bulletproof Vests. Second, awesome sound: loose, lean garage pop that jumps and crackles like someone just lit the fuse.

Aside from the Memphis part, we’re pretty sure their backstory is tongue-in-cheek bullshit (“birthed out of the ironically mustached underbelly of midtown Memphis on April Fool’s Day 2009”), but we don’t care: their music is the real thing. The band showed a soulful streak on “Attack!” a collection of well-written, catchy-as-hell power-pop/soul/rock ‘n’ roll tunes the fivesome released last summer.

Listen, Dammit, hates comparative reviewing, but goddamn if the songs on “Attack!” don’t remind us a little of another Memphis band, one we know better than to invoke lightly: Big Star.

The Bulletproof Vests amp up their sound on a rollicking new 7-inch, “(Don’t) Throw My Love Away,” b/w “Shadow Child,” recorded at Ardent Studios (ahem) and due May 18 on Goner Records as a self-release, with help from Electric Room Records. It’s also available here, to listen to and — hint, hint — to purchase.

  2 comments for “Memphis quintet the Bulletproof Vests returns May 18 with exuberant 7-inch

  1. July 17, 2010 at 10:53 am

    It’s actually not on Goner Records. The band self-released it on their Hi/Low label, with an assist from Electric Room Records in Memphis.

  2. Listen, Dammit
    July 21, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Fixed. Sorry about that!

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