Yet beyond Maine, this may be the moment of Coke Weed’s alpha. Until now, they’ve been a charming psych-rock band with a memorable name from the remote region of Bar Harbor. The impending release of Back to Soft has brought them attention from Spin, CMJ, and the Boston Dig. (It helps that two of the band’s members are from New York; McAlevey had once played in a band with Walter Martin, who now plays with the Walkmen.) It’s wonderful to think of these weirdos as Bar Harbor’s best band, a hidden gem lighting up the Lompoc Cafe in the middle of February and romantically writing songs in a wood-fired cabin. (That’s my own fantasy; I don’t know where they live.) In that context, they’re an undoubtedly interesting, maybe even necessary band. On a national scale? We’ll see how many flannel-clad Brooklynites have time for a hit.

BACK TO SOFT | Released by Coke Weed | with Kristen Hersh + Jacob Augustine + Sunset Hearts + Burlington Taiko + Mountain Animation at “DAM JAM 2013” | at Bicentennial Park, 62 East Main St, Denmark | July 27 | thedamjam.tumblr.com

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