The Pooches – “Heart Attack” (Stereogum Premiere)
The Pooches are an indie-pop band from Glasgow, and yes, the inevitable influence of Belle & Sebastian is apparent in their winsome new Heart Attack EP. But project mastermind Jimmy Hindle has a distinctive songwriting voice of his own, one that refracts his delicately bouncy story-songs through a library of other foundational pop-rock sounds — among them the sunshine choogle of the early Beach Boys, Big Star’s muscular yet dreamy power-pop, Paul Simon’s gentle and tropical solo work, and the Kinks at their punchiest. Today we’re sharing EP’s title track, an understated and lovable bit of songcraft about the NYC hardcore band Heart Attack. It suggests the Pooches could someday become cult favorites themselves. Listen below.
Heart Attack is out 1/29 on Lame-O Records. Pre-order it here.