Do you remember that scene in That Thing You Do! when the band is put into a beach party scene in some new teeny-bopper blockbuster film? They are instructed to wear these skimpy sailor outfits and pantomime playing their instruments in the background while beautiful people in bathing suits dance and flirt with each other. Exactly how we all picture the time period, I’m sure.
When I imagine that scene as a real event that could have occurred 50-or-so years ago, our modern day Orca Team is the band I see on that sand-dusted stage, kicking out two-minute pop song after two-minute pop song. And that’s essentially how Restraint, the new album from the Seattle trio, feels: like a string of catchy pop singles, each as good (or catchy or danceable) as the track before it. It’s the kind of record radio DJs were spinning the grooves off of beginning in the late 50s while, ya know, Bobby (or Tommy) and Peggy (or Susie) danced and flirted with each other on the beach, or over milkshakes, or at Makeout Point. No, I’m not jealous, I just admire the innocence. Good to see I’m not the only one.
You can stream the entirety of Restraint below, but if you want to spin those grooves down like it’s 1962 all over again, buy the record from Athens, GA label Happy Happy Birthday To Me. Otherwise, the CD is available for a terribly affordable price, if you want to accept the technology of your own time period.