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Rooftop Vigilantes


CITY: Lawrence
SONGS THAT GOT US: "Drew Want Dino [mp3],"  "Copper is Free [mp3]"
ON THE TUBES: MySpaceYouTube 
 WoodenMan, CHOMP WOMP!

WHY THEM? Out of a kinetic scene in Lawrence, the head of the class at the moment is the raucous Rooftop Vigilantes. Defiantly sloppy Midwestern rock, à la the Replacements— for whom they have an understandable boner, and whose “Can’t Hardly Wait” is in their repertoire — the RVs traffic in 100-second hook-laden punk-pop drive-bys, ascendant with a maniacal “Runaway” Farfisa organ that adds Del Shannon–ish flavor. Their debut record, Carrot Atlas, blasts past 16 songs in a glorious 27 minutes.

BONUS BIT! The RVs cryptically describe their sound on their MySpace page as like “the Texas Rangers, only with more teeth.”


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