Jered Gummere's reverb-drenched garage rock with a touch of glam was an aughts staple in his group the Ponys: loud, bursting with hooks, and better than most other acts of that ilk. Three full-lengths and a few EPs from the Chicago group emerged first via the label In the Red and later Matador, much like the similarly gifted and sonically inclined Jay Reatard. Now, the rich-voiced Gummere's heading up Bare Mutants, who still tap a vintage garage vibe, but reap benefits of sumptuous backing vocals by the 1900s' Jeanine O'Toole. It would not be accidental to say this group's '60s pop underground sound is velvety. With Fire in the Northern Firs and... More >>>