Writing these songs in Four Mile Canyon above Boulder, CO, the band assumed they were writing an Americana album with a nod towards the more contemporary sounds of the kids making SoundCloud bedroom pop. What came out of the speakers at Kingsize Soundlabs in Los Angeles eight months later was miles from a tried-and-true Americana record. There are certainly moments that lead the listener to the foundations of Wilco and the guitar adventures of War on Drugs or Band of Horses. But one could just as easily hear influences of the modern rock radio that shined so bright in the 90's, or if your ears have been properly aged, the Alternative Rock pioneer influences that made the rounds in the 80's. The band is committed to hooks and quiet moments, while always remembering that these songs have to create a palpable energy in the room when they play live. After one listen-through of "Ladies and Gentlemen, Kick and the Hug," one might think that guitars are back. Are they?