October 11, 2022

Librarians With Hickeys: Handclaps & Tambourines

Power pop quartet Librarians With Hickeys are gravitating towards psychedelic rock on their new album Handclaps & Tambourines, using plenty of echo on the vocals and bringing the bass and drums to the front of the mix. Wearing their emotions on their sleeves (plenty of aching heartbreak) and delving into their extensive knowledge of their peers and heroes, they came up with a dozen instantly hummable songs that sound both familiar and fresh.

As their band name suggests, they don't stick to one genre. They are open to Canterbury scene tinged folk (Last Days Of Summer), a touch of glam (Lady Overdrive) and the blatantly commercial appeal of bands like the Monkees (When We Were Young). Handclaps & Tambourines is a sunny-side up album, where every shadow of doubt or worry is being chased away with a jubilant, jangling guitar part.

Librarians With Hickeys:
Ray Carmen: vocals, backing vocals, guitars, keyboards, whirly tube, tambourines
Mike Crooker: guitars, backing vocals, keyboards, vocals on "over you", handclaps
Rob Crossley: drums, percussion
Andrew Wilco: bass guitar
Special guests:
Larysa Bulbenko: viola on "Last Days Of Summer"
Christina Bulbenko & Rex Broome: backing vocals on "Ghost Singer" & "Last Days Of Summer"

Librarians With Hickeys: Handclaps & Tambourines

Handclaps & Tambourines is released via Big Stir Records (CD, digital). Release date: October 14.

  1. I Better Get Home
  2. Ghost Singer
  3. Fairground
  4. Can't Wait 'Till Summer
  5. Lady Overdrive
  6. I See You
  7. I Can't Stop Thinking About You
  8. Over You
  9. Stumbling Down Memory Lane
  10. Last Days Of Summer
  11. When We Were Young
  12. Me And My Big Mouth

Live date:
  • 10/29 Akron, OH @ The Rialto Theatre
    (Devil's Night Costume Bash w/ The Shoehorns, Curtains, Due Decibel System)

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HCTF review of Long Overdue.

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