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Friday, Aug. 27, 2010

Ian Olvera & The Sleepwalkers

The Reckless Kind

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The band’s name may imply that its members are somnambulists, but Green Bay/Milwaukee/Oshkosh trio Ian Olvera & The Sleepwalkers sound wide-awake on their full-length debut. The Reckless Kind finds a comfortable space between cheerful power-pop, ’70s Southern California singer-songwriter confessions and hearty country rock. Depending on the subject matter and tempo, Olvera uses his nasally voice to complement or contrast his melodies and arrangements.

The band doesn’t give the impression that it is approaching its influences from a point of alt/indie irony. If the lyrics are a bit vague in a BoDeans-ish way, the Sleepwalkers sell their songs with at least as much gusto as those Waukesha wonders. Earnest and fetching, Olvera and his mates sound like they're investing sweat equity for the long haul.


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