Add Date: April 19
Artist: Eastern Conference Champions
Comments: Some four years after issuing their debut LP, Ameritown, on Geffen, Eastern Conference Champions return with Speak-Ahh, which will be released on the band's own RockHampton imprint. After starting off as a punk-influenced band with a heavy alternative sound, ECC show a lot of versatility on the new LP, pulling in the sounds of two recent EPs (last summer's classic rock-leaning Santa Fe and the stripped-down folk of their winter release Akustiks) without abandoning the energy of their early work.
The result is a solid 40-minute set of rock that's steeped in '60s, '70s and '80s traditions, but still sounding very modern. Try "Attica", "Hurricane" and "Atlas".