RingMaster Review: The Loons "Miss Clara Regrets"
Ahead of their new album on the legendary Bomp Records, San Diego quintet The Loons have released a two track single on Dirty Water Records. The songs, Miss Clara Regrets and Alexander, the latter a cover of the Pretty Things classic, were recorded exclusively for the label and alone reveal that over the twenty years or so that the band has been treating ears they seem to get more potent and essential.
Consisting of vocalist Mike Stax who is equally known for Ugly Things magazine which he runs, bassist Anja Stax, guitarists Marc Schroeder and Chris Marsteller, and drummer/producer Mike Kamoo, The Loons again bring the sixties psyche beat/pop invention which seems to run through their veins with their own modern pop tone to the single. And once more the band captivates with a slice of raw pop majesty.
Miss Clara Regrets instantly has ears engrossed and the appetite licking its lips as a deliciously throaty bass hook aligns with pungently anthemic beats, they both in turn wrapped by a flowing wine of sonic enterprise. Feet and indeed body are soon pumped up and bouncing to the swing of the song, its contagion inescapable as is the melodic acidity soaking every magnetic second of the incitement. It is one of those songs which simply tap into the wants of any pop rock fan, of any era, whilst merging nostalgia and modern instincts into a slice of addictive rock ‘n’ roll.
The Loons do not fiddle too much with Alexander, staying close to the original character of the version from the band which Mike makes no secret of adoring and constantly champions their cause. They do give it that Loons snarl though, vocally and musically which brings another hue to the set in stone classic. It is a great company to Miss Clara Regrets, though it is the lead song which ultimately steals the plaudits and lures these ears back time and time again.
If Miss Clara Regrets is a hint to what the band’s new album has in store for us all, expect nothing less than unbridled fun and enjoyment from that too.