July 26, 2012

Entertainment Review July 26, 2012

The Rantouls “In The Village of Rantoul”

Lance Cpl. Sean Dennison
Desert Warrior Staff
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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 Francisco’s Chocolate Covered records after releasing some singles, the most notable being the ridiculously catchy, irresistably dancey “Little Green Hat.” 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 band’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,  running from the cops.

The songs are in pretty standard 4/4 time signature and three-chord progression, but it’s the wanton energy the band display, from Gavin’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.

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