So Long, Albatross (Cellar Door)
It's hard to pinpoint exactly where to classify this local trio. The songs on this, their self-titled debut, alternate between melodic garage rock ("Wolves") and heavy stoner rock ("Flash Around"). Album opener "Out of Focus" has a loose, grunge-y feel while "Head for the Sky" aspires to the kind of epic-ness that typifies acts such as Queens of the Stone Age. The jittery "Outlasted" benefits from a groovy mid-song bridge and what sounds like a ringing cowbell (more cowbell please!). While the songs tend to settle for sameness and sometimes devolve into white noise, singer-guitarist Keith Vance carries himself with a certain swagger that's compelling. And it sounds like he's having a helluva good time. — Jeff Niesel
So Long, Albatross performs with Free Medicine, Nomads and Chin Shoda at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 5, at Mahall's.