After a highly promising start on the local scene in the mid-2000s, skilled Brit-pop purveyors the Alarmists slowly fizzled out. By early 2010, gigs were increasingly rare and band membership appeared to be a revolving door. Thankfully the group's sole constant, frontman Eric Lovold, appears to have found sure musical footing once more in a new band, freshly formed quartet Heartbeats. Admittedly, this claim is based on scant evidence—a grand total of one released song. But what a song! The group's first single, "Radio Distraction," features all the same ingredients that initially made the Alarmists so compelling: ear-worm vocal melodies, barbed-wire early-Oasis-reminiscent riffs, and swelling-at-just-the-right-moment synths. Tonight marks the band's live debut and work is already well underway on a full-length album. Why look to England for a new British invasion when homegrown heroes can cook up anglophile rock this good? With Demographics, Me and My Arrow. (Photo by Daniel Corrigan)
Sat., Feb. 11, 9 p.m., 2012
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