Militant Babies

We'd Rather Have Nothing Than Settle for Less (n / a)

Texas Platters

Militant Babies

We'd Rather Have Nothing Than Settle for Less

Austin power trio Militant Babies has a real talent in guitarist Geoff Lasch, an uncommonly creative and capable soloist, but aside from that, not much of the quirky, loud indie rock on We'd Rather Have Nothing is better than average. The meat-and-potatoes rhythm section of drummer Davis Comeau and bassist Paul Mitchell serves Lasch well, while offbeat, mostly tasteful lyrics and competent songwriting keep the album consistently listenable. It has its moments, too, in the prechorus of "Graveyard," the bridge of "Red Heart," and various spots in "Large Lydia," "Lucy Lu," and others, not to mention all those solos. The elements seem utilitarian, but it's pretty tough to hate the Babies' good-enough rock. It's also hard to see it as more than just that.

**.5

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