Male Bonding, 'Endless Now' (Sub Pop)

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Endless Now
Critical Mass
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Label: Sub Pop

by Zack Baron

"Feeling so much older than I used to feel," Male Bonding's John Arthur Webb drawls on "Before It's Gone," from the London quartet's standout second album. Nostalgia for a not-so-distant past has been a consistently effective pose for dazed indie rockers, and Male Bonding know it: Endless Now was recorded in the same upstate church where Dinosaur Jr. made 1993's Where You Been, and it sounds like a happy refugee from that alt-rock era, all battering drums and youthful, melodic confusion. This extends to the lyrics, nearly all of which are arranged in the form ?of questions. Answers are for grown-ups, and who wants to be one of those?

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