REVIEW: Tall Squares – “So Heavy For So Long”

Tall Squares
So Heavy For So Long

Self-proclaimed “slacker rock” band Tall Squares sure do look like a bunch of procrastinators, at least on their album cover which showcases the trio sitting behind a slew of empty beer bottles, a two-liter of soda, and a pizza box. Despite their apparent pursuit of laziness, they’ve managed to release what I consider one of the best records of the year in So Heavy For So Long.  I know it’s a bit early in this review to show my cards, but I like this album so much I can’t hold it in any more!

Upon first glance of the album cover, I wasn’t sure of what to expect. Garage rock? Indie rock? Well, both, sorta. What we’re gifted with is a collection of straight forward, gritty indie rock songs in the vain of bands like Pavement or Dinosaur Jr. I’m not sure what I was anticipating, but it wasn’t this, so thanks for the curveball.

My favorite song is the title track, which opens up with an up-tempo, reverb soaked guitar riff coupled with some stop-and-go drumming. About midway through, the song slows down as the Adam Crawhorn’s raspy vocals arrive with a catchy sing-along hook that refuses to leave your brain. Another standout is “Headed For A Halo” which combines more twangy, reverbed guitar with a toe-tapping bossa nova beat, and for good measure there’s a healthy amount “ooh ooh ooh’s” that you will absolutely be mimicking immediately (I can’t stop!).

As I mentioned in the first paragraph, this is one of my favorite albums I’ve heard this year, and that’s saying a lot because 2015 has been an incredible year as far as new music goes.  Every time I put this thing on, it grows on me a little more as I notice a little something new with seemingly every listen.  Highly recommended.

Listen to So Heavy For So Long below: