A.M. Pleasure Assassins is one of those bands that was
originally conceived as a recording project — most likely when one of the
band’s members figured out how to operate recording software. The outfit has
since morphed into a functioning band that routinely plays throughout the Metro
Area, including its hometown of Fort Collins. On Basement Pharmacy, the
group combines an array of lo-fi punk and indie that demonstrate the band’s
ability to incorporate influences from Modest Mouse and a bit of the Strokes
(with songs like “Media Mammals” and “Ferns”) to Gang of Four and maybe even
some Husker Du and Descendents (with the songs, “Little Green Yarn” and “Shiny
Metal Grey”) without sounding too derivative. With enough variation to keep the
album interesting, the songs are filled with hooks that might verge on
saccharine if they weren’t recorded with such lo-fi charm. It’s a band that
sounds like it didn’t leave the practice space to record Basement Pharmacy.
And that’s what makes it so good.