Thanks to the boffo $1 record racks at Last Vestige Records in Albany, NY, I recently made my acquaintance with Tirez Tirez, the brainchild of one Mikel Rouse who composed and performed Social Responsibility practically all by his lonesome. Per my favorite musical font of information (thanks Trouser Press) I am under the impression that Tirez Tirez were Talking Heads proteges, who after their first record, Etudes, progressed into something a little less derivative. In Rouse's case, less derivative translates into occasionally nondescript pop/rock with subtle "wave" tendencies. Nothing over the top in other words, which tends to work to his benefit here. "In Your Own Backyard" boasts an irresistible rhythm, "Edge Town" is jangle-lite joy, while "Wake Up" and "My Mistake" recall one of my favorite '80s combos, Fire Town. The ridiculously repetitive, and woefully underwritten "See My Problem" is to be stricken from your playlists at all costs (but included here for the sake of continuity).
01. Somebody Tell Me 02. In Your Own Backyard 03. My Mistake 04. Paper Boy 05. Edge Town 06. Wake Up 07. See My Problem 08. Spin Your Wheels 09. Uptight