Since Chris Stamey doesn't seem to be making pop music anymore, he can at least find another band from his native North Carolina whose music approaches the sparkle and bounce of his '80s outfit, the dBs. He's come pretty close with the Mayflies USA, a Chapel Hill quartet whose Stamey-produced "Summertown" is buoyant and melodious in the manner of such pop-rock revivalists as Big Star, Matthew Sweet and Teenage Fanclub.
The 'Flies aren't quite the Beatles, but they do feature three singer-songwriters and four sets of bangs. The group occasionally roughs up its blithe melodies with abrasive guitar, but it generally shows more respect for melody than for the protagonists of such tracks as "The Stepford Wives" and "Baby's Got Her Own Ideas." The album's exemplary song is "A Quick Look Ahead," in which a neglectful girlfriend suddenly realizes she'd rather be with the singer when she hears "that song on the radio." It's not a likely scenario, but it does embody the group's vision of a small town full of sour girls and sweet tunes.
Appearing Saturday at the 9:30 club with the Connells and the Cravin' Dogs. To hear a free Sound Bite from the Mayflies USA, call Post-Haste at 202/334-9000 and press 8107. (Prince William residents, call 690-4110.)