“Phonebook Full of Phonies” by The Safes, from Well, Well, Well:
From the Kinks to Kings of Leon, kinfolk have forged immaculate rock-and-roll partnerships. So it goes with Chicago’s the Safes, a sibling trio that pens tightly wound power-pop in the spirit of Interstate 90 rivals Cheap Trick. The group’s second LP, Well, Well, Well, a self-released gem of natty garage rock, calls to mind such retrofitted Motor City hip shakers as the Dirtbombs and the Detroit Cobras. Spend five minutes grooving along to the chummy harmonies, and you’ll begin to understand why these bros are threatening the Redwalls as the reigning Chi-town buzz bandits.