A decade ago next week, Portland's Exploding Hearts released Guitar Romantic, a near-perfect power-pop album now considered among the classics of the genre. Although the group's career ended tragically less than four months later, the great, brief burst of music it left behind remains a vital influence on an entire generation of bands. To commemorate the album's 10-year anniversary, Willamette Week partnered with Generator and Pabst Blue Ribbon and asked six young Portland artists to cover the record in full. Over the next week, we will be premiering exclusive videos of those bands performing all 10 songs from Guitar Romantic at Southeast Portland's Green Noise Records, home to Dirtnap Records, the label that released the album in America.
The Suicide Notes, "Jailbird"
“I remember running into Adam and Louie and them excitedly telling me their new band sounded like Cheap Trick and their guitar player played like Slash. Well, they didn't, but I knew from that first show that they were as good as all them dudes!”–Patrick Foss, Suicide Notes