Review: The Outta Sorts – The Trouble With Love
National Music Reviews
The Outta Sorts
The Trouble With Love
The Outta Sorts = Question Mark and The Mysterians + The Stooges
The Outta Sorts are a group that blasts out quality retro rock tunes with lightning speed. They come from San Francisco, and their music is easy to follow and wrapped in simplicity. With the release of The Trouble With Love, listeners will be subjected to the truly amazing ability of a group to produce a new record that sounds infinitely better than the previous one. It’s rock n’ roll that came from the garage, complete with frantic energy and simple chords. This little EP captures a familiar essence of the raw nature of 1960s garage rock with some urgency of punk. The Trouble With Love has a couple bangers with some excitement in its grooves. Overall, it’s a lot of retro rock, but it’s well done.
The Trouble With Love is indeed a huge leap for The Outta Sorts when it comes to maturity. The tracks are refined and well-tuned. After giving this a million or so spins, it’s clear that The Outta Sorts are onto something. If they continue on this road, future releases will continue to show this group’s ability to hone their work.
Top tracks include the opening number, “Trouble With Love,” and the B-side first track, “Snow Covered Dreams.” The A-side’s “Trouble with Love” is a real killer. It’s got an edge and is thus able to provoke sentiments of teenage rebellion. It’s an attempt to portray a snotty attitude, but this is easily a track that has the wild side of ’60s garage keenly in mind.
“Snow Covered Dreams” has something bewitching and heavy about it. This is The Outta Sorts showing off serious potential. It’s kind of groovy and cool with a hint of psychedelia, infused with freak beat notions. This is easily the top track on the EP. It invokes a kind of Question Mark and The Mysterians meets The Electric Prunes kind of sound.
This band, without a doubt, has a keen ability to knock out some tunes with impressive fury. Plus, there is a hint of an infectious, youth-like quality to The Outta Sorts’ take on garage rock. This group is obviously steeped in the legacy of groups who have found their talent banging away in a garage.
Like many groups that went into obscurity in the ’60s, The Outta Sorts’ The Trouble With Love may someday be dug up and inserted into a future garage-rock compilation that features 21st century groups—therefore cementing The Outta Sorts’ obvious nod toward being something special. Consider giving this EP a spin. —Nick Kuzmack