The Greenhornes 

Dual Mono

Upholding their state's reputation as a bastion of hard, no-nonsense rawk 'n' roll, the Greenhornes of Cincinnati, Ohio, have emerged as one of the most powerful, accomplished, butt-kicking garage-rock outfits in the world today.

Sure, you've got the Strokes and Hives vying for headlines and MTV airtime, but the Greenhornes sound like a band content to play their local college bar for the next ten years, so long as the management lets them crank their amps to eleven. On the group's second album, the highly touted 'Hornes reveal a quantum leap in artistic growth, moving from the sledgehammer sonic attack of their self-titled 2001 debut into an infinitely richer, reverb-drenched soundscape. Each track on this album is a standout: a resonant, well-sculpted sonic gem with glittering, slinky melodies backed by a muscular, sweaty beat.

British garage diva Holly Golightly recently name-dropped the 'Hornes as one of her faves, and provides guest vocals on Dual Mono, a hookup that makes perfect sense, and bodes well for a band that renews our faith in the healing power of sweet, sweet noise. Recommended!

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