When Washington, DC indie rock outfit Mittenfields emerged onto the scene with their 2011 EP The Fresh Sum, their youthful charisma tantalized many who listened in. As the band started to prep their full-length debut, however, they sought to move beyond being just charming.
In a press statement, guitarist Sam Sherwood noted Mittenfields “wanted to do more than just prolong our adolescence playing rock.” Now, they’ve cleaned up while still keeping those endearing ’90s guitar licks with their debut album, Optimists, which they’ll self-release on April 28th.
The title track for the album certainly lives up to its cheery name. A power pop guitar riff sets the excited tone early over thumping drums. Frontman Dave Mann channels his inner Win Butler as his voice emphatically rises and falls across the sharply produced track. It all comes together in one driven, guitar ripping rocker. Even if they’re toning down the brashness, Mittenfields’ enthusiasm is far from gone.