Wild Dogs With X-Ray Eyes, their Initial Records debut and fourth studio album overall, sounds like a Beantown version of the New Pornographers. Grungy rock chords with the lightness of power pop and whip-smart hooks of the Cars abound on the greased-up "Harsh Light" and "Talented Socialites," while their flagship anthem "Helicopter Fight Song" and "Talk the Flyer Down" are melodic tunes with whiffs of synths and Weezer-worthy arena ambitions. And the yin-yang vocal timbres of Chris Zerby and Julie Chadwick ensure the band escapes sounding like just another gang of Pixies progenies. Zerby's freshly scrubbed, snot-nosed-punk-turned-choirboy tenor and Chadwick's sky-scraping, torchy countermelodies brighten the corners of Wild Dogs with pinpoint harmonies and earnest emotion, propelling the 'Copters into the stratospheric ranks of their hometown luminaries.
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