To be honest, I initially thought I had discovered three forgotten R.E.M. classics. However, it turned out to be John McCabe originals. The Californian musician/artist has the gift of writing powerful 3 minute songs – alternative rock with jangly guitars and compelling vocals – that sound like 90s radio hits. On his new (4th) solo EP No One Ever Says, McCabe (vocals, guitars, mandolin), together with producer John Kimbrough (guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals) and Derek Syverud (drums), prove how good he is. Opening song Screeching Halt grabs you from the first touch, only to let go when the guitars in closing track Brake Parts have died down.
No One Ever Says is out now digitally via Shelf Talker Music. Add to wantlist: Bandcamp