May 2015 National Music Reviews

Review: First Base – You’ve Got A Hold On Me EP

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First Base
You’ve Got A Hold On Me EP
Hosehead
Street: 01.15
First Base = Rudi + Protex + The Beat + Ramones
 
First Base’s You’ve Got A Hold On Me EP plays on a nostalgic power-pop Ramones-meet–The Beach Boys sound, while also nodding their heads toward the Good Vibrations era of late-1970’s U.K. punk. All of this is clear from the get go once the needle drops down on “You’ve Got A Hold On Me,” as my speakers blast out these killer hooks with punchy yet simple, re-laxed, “I want you to hold my hand”–type rock n’ roll. You’ve Got A Hold On Me is groovy to the ears, and if turned it up all the way, it might even inspire some bopping around. So check it out, and pay attention to what comes next. –Nick Kuzmack
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