Dot Dash: Madman In The Rain (2022)
Opening track "Forever Far Out" is an immediate attention-grabber, a ridiculous earworm nugget. On first spin, it took me back to New Zealand Kiwi-rockers The Verlaines (a rollicking opening salvo that reminds me of that band's "Lying In State"). "Airwaves" is another almost ridiculously catchy track, again giving their jangly power pop a touch of that New Zealand vibe. And while the upbeat tunes stand out, the mid-tempo tunes break things up nicely; the title track in particular carries remarkable charm, frontman Terry Banks showing some endearing vocal chops.