The Rantouls are a saccharine trio from San Jose, Calif., and make way better music than your favorite 60s pop group ever did.
The band first surfaced through San Franciscoâ€™s Chocolate Covered records after releasing some singles, the most notable being the ridiculously catchy, irresistably dancey â€œLittle Green Hat.â€ Since then, Gavin Will and Lauren have turned into a musical whirlwind, channeling everyone from 1910 Indian Fruitgum Company to early Kinks.
Village of Rantoul, the bandâ€™s first full-length, is an excellent album to put on while relaxing with friends, or driving to a party, or if the situation was funny enough,Â running from the cops.
The songs are in pretty standard 4/4 time signature and three-chord progression, but itâ€™s the wanton energy the band display, from Gavinâ€™s hyperactive yelping to the the weird twangy rubber band sound of the rhythm section.
This is music for my high school prom that never was.
Anyway, I would not feel uncomfortable wearing a T-shirt of the band in a social forum.