You're So Fine

by The Top Drawers

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If you're a fan of British Invasion bands with a more aggressive edge - the bluesy, garage rock along the lines of The Yardbirds, Pretty Things, Rolling Stones, Them - then Vancouver's The Top Drawers are going to be right up your alley. I'm not saying that they draw their inspiration from the music of that era, I'm saying that they ACTUALLY SOUND LIKE some long-lost band that would have been tearing up London clubs in the summer of 1966, from the hand claps and "ooo yea!" call/response harmonies to guitarist Phil Bell's authentic Beano-era Clapton tone. This is largely due to the fact that, just like back in the day, the album was recorded live off the floor, mixed (by ex-Odds singer/guitarist Steven Drake) and mastered in just 7 days. No edits, auto-tuning or digital trickery to be found here, just energy and good old-fashioned musicianship. Perhaps if they had mixed the record in mono, pressed it onto vinyl, and pre-scuffed and scratched the records, the could have passed "You're So Fine" off as a super-rare, obscure treasure of the mid-60s (and at collector prices!). They'd no doubt fool a lot of people.

> Kevin Kane, BC Musician Magazine

The obvious clue to what this band is all about is its cover of The Zombies' "Just Out Of Reach." As well as being an astute choice of song, the upfront harmonies and the beat form a signpost to the era The Top Drawers effortlessly recapture. This is the sound of British Invasion rock a few years after Merseybeat but before all the bands consumed too many drugs, went psychedelic and the term freakbeat was coined. There are traces of both the early Beatles and The Rolling Stones with just a bit of American garage rock thrown in. Even if you didn't experience 1964 you'll be nostalgic. B+

> Tom Harrison, The Province

Sometimes it's good to state the obvious. From the first notes of "Crazy Day" you know these Top Drawers want to dish out some top-shelf material: no frills, four-on-floor garage rock is this foursome's call to arms. Whether it's the Beatles-esque charm of the title track, "You're So Fine", the chippy handclaps and even chippier guitar melodies of "How Can It Be?", or the Smithereens-style stomp and shout of "Out Of Town", this act has some talent and probably a decent amount of record-collecting experience as well.

A distinctive slant toward the swingin' '60s dominates on other tracks, like "Locked Door", which showcases Del Cowsill's danceable Dave Clark Five drumbeat. "Baby I Feel Had", meanwhile, demonstrates you can't go wrong turning to the Kinks for inspiration. Nay, all this sounds just as it was intended - straight-ahead, fun-as-hell, and without compromise.

> Bryce Dunn, The Georgia Straight

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released June 26, 2008

The Top Drawers are:
Phil Bell - Lead Guitar
Del Cowsill - Drums/Percussion/BG Vocals
Patrick Jacobson - Bass/BG Vocals
Eric Lefebvre - Vocals/Guitar

All songs written by The Top Drawers except "Used" written by The Top Drawers and Robert Watt, "Out Of Town" written by Eric Lefebvre, Malcolm Jack and David Greene, and "Just Out of Reach" written by Colin Blunstone (Marquis Music Co. Ltd.).

Produced by The Top Drawers
Recorded by Alice Bazinet at DCM Studios in North Vancouver, BC
Assisted by Jeff Elston
Mixed by Steven Drake at Profile Studios, Vancouver, BC
Mastered by Graemme Brown at Zen Mastering, Vancouver, BC
Graphic design and photography by Natasha Ali

Additional background vocals on "Just Passin' The Time" by Andrew Fuller, Dan Newton, and Jared Suitor.


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Patrick Jacobson Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Patrick Jacobson is a Yellowknife-based indie-rock songwriter. Originally hailing from Vancouver, he earned his reputation as the front man for The Capitals by writing endearing, dulcet anthems with crackerjack choruses. He also co-wrote songs with The Top Drawers and The Luna Riot. Now he has returned to his roots with a guitar in his hands to sing for anybody who still enjoys a good melody. ... more

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