This weekend's Phobes show celebrates the release of the local trio's new single, but there's another option for power-pop fans who misplaced their seven-inch adapters--and perhaps even their turntables--years ago. The band has also made a seven-song CD, "Poverty Jetset," that's among the most melodic D.C. releases of the recently departed year.
The disc establishes the Phobes' retro-rock credentials with a version of "(I Ain't No) Miracle Worker," a '60s garage-band standard, but the six originals are too lively to be contained in any time capsule. These are simple songs, but buoyed with frisky touches--like the deep-background vocals of "Love Song" and "Just Watch Me"--and playful swagger. "I'll try anything just once/No matter what the consequonce," boasts Eric Litts in "You'll Never See Me," and the singer-guitarist would have been entirely justified in continuing the song's string of near-rhymes to include "insouciance." "Poverty Jetset" ain't no miracle, but it is a blithely tuneful treat.
Appearing Saturday at the Black Cat with Nod and Crossed Out Heirs.
To hear a free Sound Bite from the Phobes, call Post-Haste at 202/334-9000 and press 8109. (Prince William residents, call 690-4110.)