Fang In Rain

Does Adam Bolts expect us not to talk about how much he sounds like Robert Smith? Because we can't. Beat Strings' Fang In Rain is like a tribute to the Cure only no one bothered learning any Cure songs. The weird thing is, it kind of works-in part because the songs are really good, whether rocking a runaway-train beat with reckless abandon on "The Truth" or letting Bolts' falsetto take the wheel on "In the Night." A twangy surf guitar underscores the melancholy Roy Orbison flavor of "Mornings Were Never Good To You," while on "Lose A Disguise," it allows you to finally hear what would have happened if Pixies had recruited Smith and carried on without Black Francis.