BOULDER ACOUSTIC SOCIETY
Like many newfangled all-acoustic groups, Boulder Acoustic Society borrows from all sorts of American vernacular music. The Colorado quartet specializes in blithe melodies and sing-along choruses, with accordion and fiddle coloring their catchy songs. On last year’s freewheeling full-length release Punchline, the group sounded something like Gogol Bordello with less angst — vocalist Scott McCormick yelped out interesting songs on the order of “Give It Away” and “Slip Baby Slip” and let drummer Scott Aller bash along behind him. This isn’t unusual, since it seems every current acoustic band has to prove their eclecticism with nods to old-time rock ‘n’ roll and punk. Sometimes they sound a little unfocused, but that’s because they’re having fun covering everything from Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” To paraphrase those old acoustic rockers Mick Jagger and Keith Richards: it’s the picker, not the song.