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The Originators

The Originators EP

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"The Originators" MP3s

  • The Cigarette Song

  • Bethamphetamine

  • Martini Cool

Onetime “alternative punk/funk” instigators (so they say), these Washington, D.C., transplants seem to have settled into the role of surf-beaten bar band coaxing the final foamy spurts from the ska keggerator. Or at least, that’s how the fivesome comes across on its spit-polished, adamantly blithe seven-track debut.

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There are plenty of hard-charging overtones and a notable proclivity for rolling around in some highly unstylized emotional grime, while lead vocalist Sarah James boasts a full, brassy voice and aplomb to spare. But largely uninspired ditties bemoaning divorce (“Nothing”), running into a former high-school flame (“Martini Cool”) and getting hauled out of the house by the fuzz (“Police Man”)? Major mid-life bummers, dude. Far better experienced live, and with unironic PBR in hand.

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