FLR's first single – released on my birthday, no less – is classic indie rock, opening with an easy mix of acoustic and electric guitars and then blossoming into its catchy chorus. Zach Toporek sings with conviction and a refreshing throwback sense of passion – far more Fogerty than his emo contemporaries.
The power-pop burst of "Come On The Cross" is tempered by the B-side "Our Swords," a soft tune, with multi-layered vocals and guitars. From the front to the back, the single has a spring-autumn feel, a nice sense of completeness that's hard to accomplish in just two songs.
Looking back, the 7 inch did exactly what it’s supposed to for a band – introduced a new creative path that culminated in the full length Have Some Fun record, released in December. While neither song from the single is on Have Some Fun, the tunes functioned as teasers for what was to come.
And though the Young Mothers have largely gone their separate ways in the last few months – Toporek moving to Phoenix to pursue other projects and Jasensky’s new group Faster Than Light creating quite a bit of buzz – the band is playing Saturday, April 16 at Sky Bar as part of Club Crawl, Friday, April 22 at the Fort Lowell Records Showcase at Club Congress.DOWNLOAD:
Young Mothers - Come On The Cross