Out of nowhere, a new album is pushing all the buttons that MTV’s “120 Minutes” once did back in the 1990s. Tancred play the relentlessly catchy alt-rock that was once the province of so many college-radio bands fronted by smart, ambitious American women. No need to name those bygone groups here — bandleader Jess Abbott understands her musical inheritance and has plowed fearlessly forward anyway with a remarkably inspired and concise set of tunes on Out of the Garden, her band’s new album.
Boosted by the production work of L.A.’s indie-pop power couple Steve MacDonald (Redd Kross, OFF!) and Anna Waronker (That Dog), Out of the Garden is essential music for cruising on down to the Sonic Drive-In to, all youthful unguardedness and guitar-driven exuberance. Okay, scratch those 90s references I made previously. Tancred have tapped into a ageless musical formula that many others have drawn from since the millennium. For 33 minutes at least, Tancred own this sound now.
Out of the Garden is out now on Polyvinyl Records.