CD Reviews for 02/14/08 – The Tripwires

Compact Capsules for 02/14/08
by Dan Ferguson

The Tripwires
Makes You Look Around
Paisley Pop Records POP020169

The best thing about the annual SXSW music fest in Austin is discovering something new. At the 2007 edition, The Tripwires were this scribe’s revelation. Possessing a tight and bright Merseybeat-meets-Byrds-meets-Velvet Crush sound bursting with hooks, harmonies and the occasional side of twang, the live show had me anxious for the recorded work. Glad to say that as of late last Fall the Seattle-based four-piece finally has wax in the racks with Makes You Look Around. Put simply, it was worth the wait. Power pop fans discover and rejoice! (Visit or

(Dan Ferguson is a free-lance music writer and host of The Boudin Barndance, broadcast Thursday nights from 6 – 9 pm on WRIU-FM 90.3. He lives in Peace Dale and can be reached at [email protected].)