The Beggars occupy a Saturday night niche between wiry new wave and hyper electric guitar. The Royal Oak quintet (with lead a singing drummer!) gives you your money’s worth on 9 From 5; though it’s billed as an EP, all nine of these songs have something to offer, whether dynamically or as fuel for barroom foot tapping. “50 Foot Tall” is all crunchy Romantics riff and harmony vocals; “Oh Yeah!” reaches into the Nuggets box for its fuzzy stomp and handclaps; and they even get away with including a hard-driving band introduction theme song. (The latter probably makes more sense live, but still.) “Right on Time” and “Those Things” depart from the full-color six-string crowd pleasers, but offer an alternate view for anyone — girls, they probably hope — looking for the Beggars’ softer side. Dig the Rickenbacker chimes, dudes.
Johnny Loftus writes about music for Metro Times. E-mail [email protected].
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