(Don Giovanni Records)
Who says punk rockers have to be lazy? Along with putting time in with The Ergs!, Star Fucking Hipsters, The Worriers, The Dopamines, Dirt Bike Annie and plenty of others; and playing in the house band for The Chris Gethard Show, Mikey Erg somehow found time to pull together 11 tracks for his solo LP debut.
Tentative Decisions is not that far removed from the spikey guitar pop punk from The Ergs!, and that is clearly a good thing. The album closer, the aptly titled languid fuzz ditty, “Nyquil & Sudafed,” clocks in at nearly four-and-a-half minutes, but that one stands as an anomaly as most of the songs here are about two-and-a-half minutes of distorted burst of raucous fun. “Song for New Britain,” the frenetic ‘(This is Not) The First Time” and the mellower “Waiting Out the Winter” are among the standouts on an already impressive record.
The Ergs! may be gone (or not, I’ve lost track of all the break-ups, the one-off reunions and the full-blown reunions), but Mikey isn’t going anywhere. (John B. Moore)