Welcome to the Middle (Republic/Universal)
By Tim Den
Terrible band name/album name aside, Laguardia have toured with the likes of The Fire Theft for good reason. Powerfully emotional “thinking rock” ala Muse, Eleven, and Toadies that’s complex, bombastic, and catchy as all fucking ‘ell. So the majors are still signing quality bands, huh? Welcome to the Middle haunts, taunts, flirts, and creeps you out with hooks that dig into both your pelvis and your brain. You know how intelligence is often the sexiest characteristic? Laguardia are not afraid of being smart and clearly benefit from their wits. Outstanding.