Five Mod: Four Whiskers

Five Mod Four
Whiskers
(Contrphonic)

The Five Mod Four hail from Milwaukee and are fronted by Michael Wojtasiak, who sings terrific pop melodies from days past with a sarcastic style only a mother could love. Although Wojtasiak’s bravado stands out on Whiskers, he is backed skillfully by rhythms influenced by British pop from the 1960s and ‘70s. If you listen carefully, you will find elements of classic jazz in the drumbeats and a twinge of folkie style threaded effortlessly throughout a few of the dozen tracks. All combined, Whiskers is a well-executed record that has snappish tones and jangly melodies fit for any fan of the Shins or even Elvis sans the bloated years.