This album starts off with the welcoming country twang of “Red China.” Track two, “We Can’t Stay,” cranks it up like Jesse Malin’s kid brother. Sold. Mike Sembos has been part of the CT music scene for a while and plays guitar in The Alternate Routes. But The Backyard Committee is his project, helped out by a rotating cast of musicians. Sembos’ strained vocals on “Give Me Nothing” (all 1:03 of it) again remind of Malin at his punkiest, but elsewhere the vibe is generally more laid back, as on the gentle, drumless “Doesn’t Mean A Thing,” and the country less pronounced. If you like the extremes, “Red China” and “Give Me Nothing,” you will enjoy the rest that falls in between….
Doesn’t Mean A Thing
And best of all, the band’s letting you download it for free at Bandcamp.