by Dave Segal
on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM
(Chop Suey) The Heligoats lured me into listening to their Back to the Ache CD with a spot-on parody of the cover art for Wings' Back to the Egg, a 1979 album that's freighted with an inordinate amount of nostalgia for me, although I haven't listened to it in decades. Would this be an homage to that quirky, back-to-rock-basics record by Paul McCartney during one of his awkward phases? Um, not really. Instead, Back to the Ache sounds like the sort of earnest, jangly, folky pop that most people listening to indie music in the '80s called "college rock." Think ponderous Trouser Press Guide footnotes like Guadalcanal Diary and Miracle Legion (you remember them, right?), and shake your head over the nefarious presence of red-herring album art.