The guitar that rings in Invisible Rockets' "Panning Gold"—not to mention the delivery of its opening lyrics—totally reminds me of Canadian indie rockers Ladyhawk. And god knows I love me some Ladyhawk.
But despite the despondent tone and on-the-verge-of-totally-rocking tension during the verses (both Ladyhawkish trademarks), Invisible Rockets quickly puts a casual, late-'70s groove on the track—calling to mind Philadelphia's Dr. Dog in a big way. Now, I'm not one to just throw out a bunch of band comparisons, but "Panning Gold"—a guitar-led, winking lament to bygone days, and a subtle anthem for moving on—kinda begs for 'em (and they're all mega-compliments), so why not?
From the semi-goofy "Yellow Submarine"-channeling echoed refrain: "Kick it once/ Kick it twice/ Mouth to mouth/ No dice" (you know, like "Sky of blue/ Sea of green"), to the haunting, layered "ooh," "oh", "ah"s toward song's end, this local quartet's aping plenty of familiar sounds—but the end result is a laidback, vintage jam that's quickly making Invisible Rockets my fave Bladen County outfit. Now where's that full-length, guys?
Invisible Rockets play Friday, March 21, with Federale and the Builders and the Butchers at the Doug Fir. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
Bladen County Records
Photo: from the band's 'Space.