Run For Cover Lovers – The Difficult Nature of Interpersonal Relationships

Run For Cover Lovers
The Difficult Nature of Interpersonal Relationships

The Difficult Nature of Interpersonal Relationships is a big, sloppy mess – and I love it. In a year in which everyone under the sun has desperately tried to figure out what the hell “garage rock” is, the Run For Cover Lovers have quietly nailed it. This disc is so convincingly retro that if I hadn’t slipped the CD into the player myself I’d swear I was listening to a long-lost 60s vinyl classic.
There’s more to this album than intentionally tinny production, of course. While on the surface the songs are short and simplistic, after a few listens it becomes clear they’ve been carefully crafted to be just that way. What’s more, unlike most garage rockers, the Run For Cover Lovers display little attitude or pretension. The lighthearted nature of tracks like “Cute Cook from the Homemade Cafe” proves that an anecdote from everyday life can be infinitely more interesting than phony rock-star blustering. Many tracks would make suitable accompaniment to escapist fantasies, with tales of highway driving, cheap hotels, and failed romance drawing on classic rock’n’roll imagery. There is lots of variation on this disc. Three of the four band members are female, and since everyone contributes to the vocals, monotony is nicely avoided.
The Difficult Nature of Interpersonal Relationships is a refreshing, intelligent take on garage rock. If you’re tired of poseurs, why not try the real thing?