Review: Garageland

“Last Exit To Garageland”
(Foodchain Records)

The indie rock revolution of the late ’90s produced an ocean of mediocrity and a few glimpses of genius. Much of that genius came from the ocean-bound island of New Zealand, like this debut originally issued in 1997. The group’s subdued use of noise and catchy melodies brings to mind Pavement and late-period Sonic Youth.

The group picks up where Pixies left off with catchy garage-pop. To the original 15 tracks are added eight bonus cuts. Most of this material was never released in the United States. This includes an inspired cover of “So You Want to be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” by The Byrds. By balancing the clamorous with the joyous, the group delivers winning indie pop.