The music of Ice Cream may not be as innocently sweet as the treat they’re named after, but they’ll certainly delight anyone with even a passing interest in garage rock. Their latest EP, We’re Set, is a melting pot of dirty, fuzzy, slightly sloppy rock n’ roll: the party punk blast of “Wherever You Are” kicks things off with a blistering pace; “Mexico” sounds like a drunken Strokes track cut from Is This It; and “Surfer Girl” is sonically miles away from the Beach Boys tune of the same name, with its lo-fi production and punchy beat. “Wild” is the standout, though, a raucous ode to all those bad influence friends in your life who are just too fun to quit. Yeah, they occasionally get you into trouble (or maybe not so occasionally), but the weekends wouldn’t be nearly as exciting without them. Kind of like this record.
Ice Cream is planning on a full-length follow-up in the fall as well as a West Coast summer tour. You can get wild with them next week at Bottom of the Hill.
Jet Trash, Ice Cream, Blackplate
Bottom of the Hill
April 14, 2015
9pm, $8 (21+)