"The Story of Our Storm"
Hope Alive Media
Within the first few revolutions of "Die in Bloom" off of The Prickers' latest, "The Story of Our Storm," the band successfully suggest and adopts every emotion you can think of — well, joy mostly. It's just that the band's simple complexity washes over the listener so rapidly. Heels get kicked up and the stomping commences so fast and convincingly that you can't help but follow suit. There is a distinct old-tyme shine on this band that flies in the face of its own contemporary songwriting. To call the band a throwback would be an over-simplification. There are plenty of bands around here that mix multiple genres and stories and zip codes, but few get it as right as The Prickers.