You gotta love an indie band that doesnâ€™t try to coat their pop songs in faux hipster swagger. Seattleâ€™s Boat â€“ unlike many of their trendy indie brethren in the Pacific Northwest â€“ play straight up pop rock and the result is fantastic. On Setting the Paces, their third full length, the group delivers 14 tracks that would make Cheap Trick put down their double-necked guitars and start taking notes. You can almost imagine a song like â€œInterstate 5â€ or â€œWe Want It, We Want Itâ€ blasting through a cavernous arena, lighters (or cell phone? Itâ€™s been awhile since Iâ€™ve been to a stadium show) swaying in unison. Canâ€™t wait to hear what else they have in them.
Rating: 8.1 out of 10
Top tracks: â€œinterstate 5â€ and â€œWe Want It, We Want Itâ€
Boat â€“ Setting the Paces/CD /14 tracks/2009/Magic Marker/www.myspace.com/boatmusic