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Pedaljets: What’s In Between (Electric Moth)

AOTW0816_Pedaljets When the Pedaljets busted out of Lawrence, Kansas back in 1984, their Replacements-meets-Meat Puppets brand of Midwestern bar punk received raves from such essential rock rags of the time as CREEM, CMJ and Trouser Press. However, by the time their sophomore set came out on the woefully missed indie label Communion Records in 1989, the band’s days were numbered and they broke up the following year following the disappointment they had experienced in what they had considered to be a poor final cut of their self-titled second album. Now, six years following a reunion that saw them triumphantly “fix the mix” of Pedaljets for the Kansas City imprint Oxblood Records, the ‘Jets return with their first collection of all new material in 23 years with the excellent What’s In Between (released June 25). Working with veteran producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., The Hold Steady, Son Volt) at Headgear Studios in Brooklyn to ensure the security of someone knowledgeable at the mixing board, the new material might not be as raucous as their late 80s output. But the punched up twang and rogue Bowie influences of such highlight tracks as Conversations, Measurement, Tangled Up and Some Kind of One elevates the Pedaljets to new altitudes of craftsmanship that renders What’s In Between a true classic a quarter-century in the making. (RH)

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