Spanish for 100 – Newborn Driving

Spanish for 100
Newborn Driving

I’ve got to say that, even though this record isn’t all that bad, Spanish for 100 has got to be one of the worst band names I’ve ever heard. That being said, I’ll forgive them and we’ll try and forget about that for now. I am not a big fan of alt-country or power-pop type rock, and that is pretty much what this is, but I work with some guys who love and I mean LOVE that kind of music, and I’ve heard plenty of bands in this genre a lot worse than Spanish for 100.
The band’s debut album Newborn Driving (also a terrible album title, but whatever) reminds me of many mid-90s groups such as the Jayhawks, the Posies, and Live. The vocals are a dead ringer for the Jayhawks. The guitar sound on this record is almost exactly like the Posies’ Frosting on the Beater record. The vocal harmonies are also reminiscent of both the Jayhawks and the Posies. The songwriting is pretty good for this type of stuff, as I said before I’ve heard much worse; that all being said, this is not my favorite genre and I’m not really into this record.
I suggest that if you are a fan of the Jayhawks or the Posies that you pick this up. I think for the genre it is probably quite good. I’m certain that if you like the aforementioned bands that you will like this quite a bit and it would be well worth your time to pick this up. A solid first effort by this Seattle band.