Though High Action is the first official release by Cincinnati band The Guitars, local buzz has been brewing over this band for a while. In 2009, they erupted onto the scene and started playing out with local favorites like The Harlequins, The Lions Rampant, and 20th Century Tokyo Princess right out of the gate. Gigging constantly and contributing to several local compilations continued to build the band’s reputation for well crafted arrangements and pop-soul prowess.
Fast forward to July 29th, and the boys finally ready themselves to unleash the High Action EP upon the world. Though I could not make the record release show at MOTR Pub that night the reports have all come back with high praise, and finally having the album in my hot little hands, I understand what the fuss is all. The entire EP from start to finish is a masterful testament to early bubblegum pop-soul. In fact, they seem to understand the genre so well that it is easy to wonder if you are listening to mp3s or an old 45.
Classic heartbreak song “Too Hot to Hold” is the perfect opener; a dancey number that is both fresh and nostalgic and easily one of the best tracks on the album, but the other big stand-out is “She’s Got Your Heart” with its hooks that will sink in and stay with you for days. Though I have been fully aware of the hype over The Guitars for a while, having an album out like this is just proof of how good they really are, both technically and creatively. As a whole, High Action is all sorts of win.
by Adrienne Panveno