Basically, it’s two Texan bands playing alternative rock that’s heavily rooted in the ’90s.
Magnet School’s offering, “The Sitch,” is a dreamy, quasi-psychedelic power-pop affair that reminds me a lot of The Replacements and Flickerstick. It’s a catchy tune with a chorus containing high-pitched woo-woos and a structural build that rises to a heady wave of fuzz, then falls and recedes into a sea that has calmed, but still forebodes.
“Action/Reaction,” Dead Twins’ side, is essentially total Foo Fighters worship, though honestly I’d rather listen to this song over and over than listen to an entire Foo Fighters album. It’s just a bit rougher around the edges, not so over-produced and slick as your typical FF recording.
It’s good to hear what’s going on in other parts of the country, especially when the songwriting is strong and you’re glad you had a chance to hear it in the first place. I’m happy.