Startling Electric remind a little bit(in all the best ways) of Guided By Voices, another Midwestern lo-fi power pop band. But SE's influences go much deeper. As I was hanging out listening to their recently re-issued 2006 release 'Clouded Staircase' last night, I heard the late 60's/early 70's pop influences(The Beach Boys and The Zombies sring to mind) all over the record. Even the cover art of the CD looks like it was plucked from that golden age of music.
I am gonna share two tracks...I love the record so much, and I think these two really showcase the varied influences that I was talking about. Enjoy.
* 'The St Valentine's Day Massacre' MP3
* 'Camp Fire' MP3