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I'm usually very skeptical when bands are advertised as sounding like "Husker Du" or "Sonic Youth", because they so very rarely actually do. Thankfully for all of us that's not the case for New York power pop trio Career Club and their album Pure Hearing.
The band has a driving buzzsaw guitar attack that really does harken you back to Minneapolis circa 1984. Add to that a pop sensibility and hooks worthy of Grant Hart and the comparisons to Husker Du are dead on.
The songs tend to be high octane affairs, with catchy choruses that are gauranteed to get stuck in your head. That is, until the next one comes along and dislodges it.
It's hard to narrow down the standout tracks, but "Jenny's On the Stereo", "Hold A Candle", and "The Girl's Not Ready" are particularly memorable. On the downside, and it's a very minor downside, the guitar intro to "Down In Arms" sounds a little too close to Mission Of Burma's "Fake Blood" for comfort.
Pure Hearing is a solid record from top to bottom with absolutely no filler. This album seems destined to be on a lot of year end best of lists.
If you like your rock fast and catchy, Career Club's Pure Hearing is definitely for you.-

As an adamant and unapologetic dyed-in-the-wool fan of straight-up with no pretense meat and potatoes-style rock’n’roll, I naturally took an instant liking to this neatly peppy and hoppin’ album. Among the yummy things to relish herein are the diggin’ basslines, the constant grinding guitar riffs, relentless driving drum beats, hearty vocals, and a winningly no-nonsense musical sensibility that cuts right to the stirring sonic chase with always tuneful and often exciting results. So give this honey a few spins on your CD player and prepare to get lost in the sweetly swingin’ grooves, baby. - Jersey Beat

Career Club - New York indie rock done proper
If, like me, you’ve got a soft spot for the scuzzy grungy rock of the early nineties, you could do far worse than check out New York’s Career Club.
Career Club seem to have shaken off the aloof boredom of The Strokes and their ilk and captured the simple energetic vibe of bands like Hüsker Dü and Sebadoh - which is just fine in my book. It’s a classic sound, but contemporary at the same time; raucous but full of good melodic hooks.
Go give ‘em a listen at their (refreshingly bullshit-free and easy on the eye) MySpace page, or have a poke around on the Career Club website. Looks like they’re too small to be touring over here in the UK yet, but who knows - that might change pretty soon, especially if trends go the way I think they’re going right now. - editor (The Dreaded Press)

CD Review: Career Club - Pure Hearing
Pure Hearing is an exercise in the marriage of pop-savvy grunge with the sort of gothic new-wave that poured out of England in the late 1980’s. The end result is a noisy, angular rock and roll record that should land significant critical acclaim.
Quietly doing their own thing in the New York City music scene for the past few years, Career Club has built a solid following by pandering to nothing other than their own musical muse. The musical results are raw in the way good rock and roll should be. There is actually a strong stylistic resemblance to Canadian rock stalwarts Max Webster (Kim Mitchell). Like Max Webster, not everything here is accessible to the casual listener, but 10 of 13 songs have faced some level of commercial appeal.
Highlights from Pure Hearing include Jenny’s On The Stereo, Skatta-Do, Running In Place and Down In Arms. Career Club strikes me as the sort of band who lives for the live show environment. I highly recommend you check them out live if you happen to be in New York City. Pure Hearing is a positive musical step that should bridge to more great music and exploration by Career Club. - Wildy (

Career Club - The New Record (self released)
Career Club must be some kind of oddity in the New York scene. They're not cannibalizing the city's own musical past like most of their peers. Instead, they sit comfortably in the corner where no one's looking and create "jangular" guitar-centric music not terribly unlike the sounds that were escaping the Southeast and Northwest in the mid-to-late '80s. Fans of names like Dharma Bums, Young Fresh Fellows and Let's Active, as few and far-spread as they may be, will find The New Record feels like coming home. - paul (
Career Club occupies a position near the center of an equilateral triangle drawn among early REM, The Pixies, and Fugazi. The three-piece splits vocals among all members, sometimes even sounding a bit like those bands' vocalists. The lyrics are mostly of a familiar tone, and the guitar has a crispy-clean overdrive....
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