Save the Rats is the culmination of years of desire to jump headfirst into the rock-and-roll game. Everything from the cover photo (an old Polaroid of Thompson-King and friends being "wild women" in a Williamsburg loft) to the choice of producer (Mr. Airplane Man's Margaret Garrett) to the fact that the entire record was done in analog (for sumptuous warmth) speaks to Thompson-King's attention to the small details. There is a past here that led up to this present — her moment. There were people who inspired her along the way, from whom she learned how to get it done without compromise. "The great thing about it is that this is what I always wanted it to sound like," Thompson-King says. "That's it. I can't believe what we did."

Maybe it has something to do with this analog recording process, or maybe it has to do with Thompson-King's chutzpah. Maybe it's yet another cosmic case of right place/right time. But however it happened, Boston's Banditas have made one of the most enjoyable albums of the year.

BANDITAS + BIG DIGITS + THE WHITE PAGES + THE TITANICS | Cantab Lounge, 738 Mass Ave, Cambridge | September 22 @ 9 pm | 21+ | $5 | 617.354.2685

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