The Lashes come out swinging with “New Best Friend,” the irresistible lead track from their major label debut Get It. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest but sounding like a band born out of long rehearsals spent in the Bowery, the Seattle sextet’s freewheeling disc somersaults out of the speakers—a brash, confident collection of power-pop gems sharp enough to cut glass. Channeling the Clash, the Cars, Iggy Pop, and vintage Ramones, the Lashes indulge in rousing odes to spoiled brats (“Daddy’s Little Girl”), downtempo night-driving laments (“Sometimes The Sun”), and sun-kissed anthems (“Please, Please, Please”). If the Click Five ditched the screaming tweens and fascination with XTC, they’d sound an awful lot like the Lashes, the titular histrionics of “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody” notwithstanding. Reckless, playful, and amazingly devoid of irony, Get It destroys the notion that no-frills punk-flavored rock is an outdated idea. The Lashes pound out 11 songs in less time than it takes David Caruso to muddle his way through another episode of CSI: Miami. A rousing, effervescent disc that should stay in heavy rotation come summertime, Get It is good ‘til the last drop’s gone.
Score:Label: Columbia Release Date: February 21, 2006 Buy: Amazon