My Wild Life (Zero Hour)
by Jen Beatty
Here’s a little history lesson taken from the southern music mecca of Chapel Hill, NC. In 1981, musician and producer Mitch Easter founded an alterna-pop outfit called Let’s Active. They churned out three albums and an EP in their eight or so years together, before calling it quits in 1989. Four years later, ex-Let’s Active member Angie Carlson joined forces with drummer Chris Phillips and bassist David Burris and formed Grover. Being that history repeats itself, Grover recruited Mitch Easter as producer and recorded My Wild Life in his Drive-In Studio, the same studio as their pseudo-parent group.
This debut disc is a promising one. Boston’s own Kevin Salem assisted Easter with production and jumped in with his guitar on the background of a few tracks. There is not one tune on the entire disc to dislike. From the start, My Wild Life is strong and pleasing. If I’m forced to choose, though, “Yeah, I’m Dumb” and “Hole In My Eye” are the most infectious. History in the making!