Genuine Leather: “The Viper”

The best kinds of pop songs are over before you want them to be, leaving you desperately wanting more. This is the kind of approach that Austin’s Genuine Leather takes on its second release, Losers. While their self-titled debut felt tentative and the 2012 EP Crude Magic more than lived up to its name with a scruffy, lo-fi charm, Losers feels fully-realized, delivering hook after hook in concise blasts.

One of these blasts is the leadoff track “The Viper.” Over a tightly coiled beat, the song cycles through some high-octane power-pop riffs, nodding towards Spoon, Guided By Voices, and Cheap Trick. The only bad part? It’s all over in just 120 seconds.

Catch Genuine Leather at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Sunday, July 13.

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