Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Brooklyn's Laura Stevenson & The Cans make the good kind of indie rock: the beaming, soaring, cloud-gazing, theatrical kind; the nu-sensitivo version of "all killer no filler." Their hooks never pussyfoot around--think Arcade Fire, Foals, Frightened Rabbit--and even churn with a little bit of the sharpened-tooth grin of Don Giovanni labelmates like Screaming Females and YIMBY alumni Shellshag. Their edge is no accident: before embarking on decidedly more sensitive pastures, Stevenson spent time in Long Island punk collective Bomb The Music Industry. Second album Sit Resist (out April 26) mixes a whimsical drizzle of accordions and glockenspiels and brass and banjos and other indie accoutrements with a punchy blast of old fashioned guitar muscle. First taste "Master Of Art" uses the tried-and-true "Be My Baby" beat to slowly drive a reflective song into explosive Florence territory--a powerful blast of belting, bursting jangle-punk.